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Moving from your own home into community living can take some adjustment. While it’s natural to feel nervous and unsure about leaving the familiarity of your own home behind, many Seasons residents report that a whole new world opens up for them once they’ve made the transition to their new home.

Community living offers many benefits for older people, including access to lifestyle and social opportunities and the care and support that comes from living with like-minded people. There’s also the added peace of mind of no longer worrying about home and garden maintenance.

Getting the most out of community living can involve making some changes to your everyday life and establishing new routines to help you make the most out of your new life.

Here are our top tips to get the most out of your move to community living.

Get involved

There will be a lot of activities happening outside the walls of your new apartment. When you move in, get to know the events on your activity calendar and try a range of activities to see what you enjoy. Not only will your day fill up, but you’ll also be more likely to meet like-minded new friends.

Enjoy a hobby

Having some downtime within the comfort of your own private apartment becomes more enjoyable when you have a hobby to help pass the time. Many of our residents are working on knitting or crocheting projects, while others spend the time exploring their creative side by writing, playing music and painting. There are many keen readers and jigsaw puzzlers too. If you’re not sure if you have a hobby, getting along to the many group activities may help arm you with new skills that you can practice in your own time.

Make new friends

It won’t be long before you find yourself with a whole group of new friends. Not only will you find your fellow residents to be a friendly bunch, but staff know all our residents well enough to get residents together who have a lot in common.

Explore the great outdoors

All Seasons communities have beautiful garden surrounds with walking tracks and seating areas where you can get out and enjoy the fresh air and the view. Getting out each day is a great way to get some exercise and get to know your community.

Enjoy every day

 Long-term Mango Hill resident Dorothy says there is plenty of joy to be found by getting involved.

“Enjoy everything you can, every day there are things to enjoy if you look for them. Just enjoy life while you’ve got it.”

Belinda Peters
Belinda brings more than 17 years experience in journalism to her role as Seasons Digital Content Writer. As our blog editor, Belinda will take the confusion out of aged care with entertaining and informative stories from across the aged care industry and our Seasons communities.
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