Assisted Living: Just Like Home
Helping loved ones make a smooth transition into an assisted living can be an emotional experience for everyone involved. In this article, we’ll talk about a few ways to make it more comfortable for everyone.
Life is a series of changes, some we like, and some we don’t. Since aging and growing older is a natural step in life, we need to try and embrace and turn it into something wonderful and good. Moving to an assisted living community, may at first be a scary and overwhelming thought that many seniors resist, but many times just visiting a community can completely change the senior’s mind!
Making the Move to Assisted Living
Frequently we think of this as giving up the large family home and giving everything away we worked so hard for during a lifetime, but it doesn’t have to be horrific.
Moving into a new home is an exciting time with the opportunity to decorate a new place, get rid of things we no longer need or want or to pass along to someone else. It is a great time for families to get together and help the loved one who is moving to go through pictures and create memory books, and write down all the names in photos of people and places so they can be cherished for a long time to come.
Involve the Entire Family
Packing can be fun too. Help your loved one to pick out pictures, blankets, personal items, a favorite chair and side table or if there is room a sofa, special items that the family has given to him or her over the years, in other words the things that turn a house or a room into a one’s home. The things that will help to make their room or apartment feel like home is what is needed. For memory impaired persons taking things from home, bedspread, pillows, pictures, books, statues, a favorite lamp or vase can help make the transition so much easier for them.
Donate Items to a Good Cause
This is a good time to go through clothing as well. Sometimes when we get older we have a few favorite outfits, sweaters, shoes and everything else just hangs there so just take the absolute favorites with a few fill ins, the rest can be used by someone who really needs it and will get the wear out of it. Donating to Good Will, your church or some other organization is a wonderful and kind thing to do at a time like this. You might want to go by the rule, if it hasn’t been used or worn in a year, it can go to someone else.
Respect Your Loved One’s Opinions
Now that everyone has arrived at the new place it is time to start unpacking and getting cozy. Everyone can help but only the person who has moved gets the final say so when it comes to hanging a picture, what drawer will contain socks, where the memory will sit and if possible can help to make up the bed. Keeping everyone busy and involved makes light work of a big job and it helps everyone to feel they have done something useful especially the person who has moved.
Being There, Without Living There
Just like with any move, the end of the day when everyone is tired is the hardest because friends and family go home but your loved one will stay at their new home. Sometimes his or her spouse is there, sometimes not, and for some it is tough to go to the dining room the first time alone, so try and remember that family can stay for dinner, make sure you let the dining service know, or someone can go get take out for the first night in the new place.
For information about assisted living communities near you call (866) 662-0435 to speak to your local Care Advisor. Your Care Advisor will work with you and the communities in your area to provide you with detailed information about each community.