Make the Transition Smoother
An assisted living community could be the perfect solution for your loved one. But even with all the wonderful benefits of a community, sometimes seniors can have a tough time transitioning to their new home. And it’s not just seniors, transitions can be tough for everyone involved, including the caregiver. The important thing to remember is that making the move to senior living is usually a very positive change.
In order to help you and your loved one navigate through this time, we’ve provided some helpful tips to make the transition easier for everyone involved:
Don’t feel guilty. Many caregivers feel like they should be the sole provider of daily care to their loved one. But this usually isn’t a realistic expectation. You may have your own kids to care for and/or work a full-time job. So it may just be impossible to care for an elderly loved one on top of all that — and that’s OK. You don’t need to feel guilty. Our assisted living communities provide an environment where your loved one can thrive, with plenty of opportunities to build quality relationships, participate in engaging activities and be cared for by a team of kind individuals who love what they do.
Help them create a list of questions. Your loved one will likely have a number of questions about assisted living and their new community prior to moving in. Help them create a list that they can bring to the staff. Getting the answers they want can help your loved one feel more comfortable at the community.
Decorate your loved one’s space with items that are both familiar and new. When your loved one downsizes from their own home to an assisted living apartment, it can stir up a lot of emotions. Make plans to decorate their new apartment with items from their current home, but also mix in a few new items as well. A new bedding set or piece of art can help remind your loved one that this new home has the potential for new, exciting experiences — if they are only open to it.
Plan regular visits. Seniors often fear that they’ll be forgotten about once they move into a community. So, establish regular visitation times. If you and your loved one had set plans together prior to moving in, like shopping together on Sunday, then continue to follow that routine after they're in assisted living. Be mindful of how often you are visiting though, because you want to encourage your loved one to socialize with others at the community.
Be encouraging. Some people are natural social butterflies, while others tend to be more naturally withdrawn. Whatever personality type fits your loved one, encourage them to engage in the many activities and social opportunities their particular community offers. Also, be sure to speak regularly with the staff at the community in order to stay up-to-date on how your loved one is adjusting.