Downsizing tips for senior living: how Chartwell can help

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If you or a loved one have decided that a retirement residence is the next chapter in your story, you’re probably feeling mixed emotions about it. That’s natural when embarking on any big life change. Perhaps you’re nervous but excited? Nostalgic, but curious? Or unsettled, yet relieved? These emotions are valid, and it’s healthy to name them.

No matter how confident or at peace you are with embracing the many possibilities of retirement living, you’re not alone if you’re feeling daunted by the chore of moving. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving to a bigger house, a smaller apartment, or a senior living community; there’s lots of work involved, and for some, it isn’t exactly enjoyable!

First step: downsize!

Did you know? Chartwell Retirement Residences offers you support as you get ready to undertake the task of downsizing. They’ll help you or your family member feel confident that embracing the benefits of retirement living at Chartwell will make your life better. Any work involved with moving or downsizing is well worth it in the long term.

You may already be thinking about these questions: How can I downsize my home for senior living, reduce my belongings and furniture, and what should I keep for the move? What is the best way to organize and declutter? How can I furnish and decorate my new suite? Will I feel at home and how emotional will I get?

Download Chartwell's exclusive Downsizing Guide for senior living for great tips from moving experts that can help you determine where to start when it comes to downsizing.


Where and how to find support

You don’t have to do it alone. Chartwell Retirement Residences will support your transition to senior living—not just on moving day, but as soon as you begin your downsize all the way to helping you settle in at your new residence. In fact, their experienced Retirement Living Consultants pride themselves on adding value to every stage of your move, including offering you access to trusted community organizations and professionals who will help make your downsizing for senior living journey run smoothly.

Our best piece of advice

Keep the big picture in mind, even during those moments of stress. You’ve chosen retirement living for a reason—whether that be for social enrichment, daily support, a feeling of safety or simply convenience—and it will all be worth it when you’re handed the keys to your new home.

It’s time to #ReThinkSeniorLiving!

There’s so many misconceptions out there about what life in a retirement residence is all about. If you’re ready to begin exploring the social and supportive lifestyle for yourself or a loved one, visit to hear some of these common myths debunked and learn how a Chartwell retirement community can make your life better right now.


About Chartwell Retirement Residences

Chartwell offers a range of senior living options across Canada including independent and assisted living retirement homes, memory care, long term care and extended care residences. Read the Comfort Life Reports on Chartwell here, and explore how Chartwell is Making People's Lives Better by creating rewarding lifestyles seniors are proud to call home.

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