According to Consumer Affairs, the number of seniors living in assisted living homes exceeds 810,000. An assisted living facility is an excellent option for seniors who require some help while still wanting to hold on to their independence. That being said, the move from your home to an assisted living facility isn’t easy – your home is full of memories, and moving is one of the most significant changes seniors will make in their old age.
Stress and anxiety are normal during this time. However, there are several steps you can take to ease the transition to assisted living and ensure your loved one’s well-being.
Involve Them in the Decision
One way to ease the transition to assisted living is to involve your loved one in the decision. Talking about senior care certainly isn’t easy but preparing them for the move is necessary. Springing the news can be upsetting and come as a shock. By making them part of the decision and conversation, they can feel that their opinion is valued, and their safety and health are the primary concern.
Discussing the advantages of assisted living communities is a great way to prepare them for the move and even get them excited about this.
Encourage Them to Be Social
A great perk of assisted living homes is being social and getting to know the other residents. If your loved one is afraid or nervous, encourage them to embrace this and participate in the variety of activities offered. From swimming lessons to yoga classes and art courses, there are many activities they can take part in. Making friends and staving off loneliness by socializing is an excellent way to transition to their new home.
Visit Them Regularly
Many seniors are afraid that their families will no longer visit them or see them less often once they move far away. Visiting your loved ones often will show them they’re still part of the family and don’t have to worry about being cut off from you. This is especially important during the first couple of weeks, so they stop worrying about feeling abandoned.
Bring Familiar and Comforting Items
One of the best ways to help seniors adjust to their new setting is by surrounding them with personal and familiar belongings. While they can’t bring everything with them, they can bring prized possessions and comforting items. This will help their new setting feel like home. Display sentimental objects and ensure their new home doesn’t feel strange.
Give Them Time
Lastly, give your loved ones time to get used to their new surroundings. No matter how prepared they are, there’s no denying that completely changing your lifestyle and surroundings and leaving behind your home is easy. It’s a significant change, and the emotional transition takes time. While you can’t eliminate these feelings, you can be there for your loved one by providing support. Within time, they will get used to their new home and grow to love and appreciate it.
Tour the Facility Beforehand
It can also be helpful to tour the facility beforehand. This can help you make the final decision and know what to expect. At American Grand, we encourage tours so your loved one can feel at home as early as possible. Schedule a tour by calling us at (920) 585-6985 or by clicking here.