Beginning the Transition

For many caregivers, memory care communities signal the end of something, but it doesn’t have to be seen that way. Modern memory care communities are structured to help seniors with memory loss retain their memory and independence by providing specialized care, nutritious meals, social activities and more.

Making the transition from a personal home to a memory care community should be done in small steps. Here are some tips for caregivers to keep in mind:

  1. Visit the new community. Go with your loved one to the new memory care community and let them take part in the activities. Introduce them to the staff and let them see the type of apartments available. Once you’ve selected a community, take them on weekly visits so they can get familiar with the residents and staff.
  2. Tell their story. Share your loved one’s likes and dislikes, hobbies, and passions with the memory care staff. This helps the staff develop a deeper relationship with your loved one as well as establish a more personalized care plan.
  3. Move in the good memories. Schedule a time that you and your family can move in your loved one's favorite belongings. Try to arrange the items in a way that reminds your loved one of their prior home. Seniors with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia take comfort in what they recognize. Help them decorate a room that will be calming and comfortable.

There may be days when your loved one wants alone time, while there may be other days when your loved one wants to be surrounded by their family. Try to accommodate these wishes as best you can so that they can still feel in control of their life.

Let Us Help

Brookdale knows how difficult it can be to transition your loved one to a memory care community. That’s why we work with both residents and their families in this next phase of life. 

For more information about making the transition, contact a Brookdale senior living advisor at the number listed above.