Here are a few things to look for when moving to a new city that are mostly forgotten until they become urgent needs.
- Finding your family a new dentist might take a little bit of time, so starting early on in the moving process will help smooth this out. Knowing that you want your family’s teeth cleaned at least every six months, figure out how long it has been since the last cleaning and start looking for a dentist at least a couple of months before the next one is due. It might take that long to get appointments scheduled around everyone’s competing priorities.
- If you and your family are regular church goers, this one will become obvious pretty quickly. Moving to a new city like Santa Monica means that there are ample choices of Christian churches from which to choose, but even the selection itself can seem overwhelming. Asking friends for referrals, doing internet searches, and trying out the Christian churches in Santa Monica that are near you are all great ways of finding the right one for you and your family. Make sure you visit the Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades in your search as well.
- Finding a pediatrician that you like can take even longer than some of these other items. Depending on your new insurance and network, you might be limited to a health maintenance organization and the different doctors in their system, but you will still be able to try out the different pediatricians if you do not like any for whatever reason. If you have the option outside of the HMO, there might be dozens from which to choose. Using an online search, referrals, and your own instincts, you are going to want to select a new pediatrician sooner rather than later, and get everyone’s medical records transferred over.
- Knowing where the nearest emergency room is does not occur to most people until they either happen to drive by it one day, or they find themselves in an emergency situation and need to know where it is. Calling 911 for a medical emergency will land you in the nearest emergency room most likely, but it would be helpful to know where it is in case you are able to drive yourself for care after hours that you cannot get anywhere else.
- Much like an emergency room, people do not typically think about where the nearest police station is when moving to a new city. This is important for a variety of reasons, and one of the most common reasons people need to know where the police station is happens when someone loses a pet or a child. Particularly with dogs, you want the police to know if you have dogs and what kind so that if they are spotted running loose in the neighborhood, they know where to find you. A lost child is obviously a much more serious case, and you would always call 911 in this case. Teaching your children where the police station is in case they get lost can also help.