Make The Community Feel Like Home
When the time comes to place a loved one in an assisted living facility, it can be a difficult period for the entire family. Emotions run high as they realize they are no longer able to care for themselves in the same way they have in the past. However, there are ways to make the adjustment easier for them.
Allow the Senior to Make Some Decisions
If your parents are still mentally alert, allow them to make some decisions. They probably feel like they are losing control; by allowing them to have some say in what is happening, you let them retain a sense of control and dignity.
- Some senior living communities offer both furnished and unfurnished apartments. Allow them to choose what to bring to their new home, and if they have enough furniture, opt for an unfurnished apartment. They can pick their favorite pieces of furniture and accessories because many senior living communities encourage the residents to decorate their apartment and many even allow you to paint the walls to make it feel like home.
- Let your parents help organize their new home. You don’t want a lot of clutter around for safety, but include them while you help unpack so they now where everything is once you’re gone. They will feel more in control if they know where to find everything and this will make the first few days a little easier on them.
Encourage Social Interaction
It can be tempting for your parents to hide away in their new senior living apartment. Take the time to introduce them to other residents. Find out when there are fun activities that they can participate in and go with them for the first time. Senior living communities are becoming more and more aware that seniors are choosing communities based on what services and amenities that are offered. Communities are accommodating active senior residents by having a staff member who is dedicated to coordinating activities for the residents to take part in. Introduce yourself to the planning coordinator and make sure to grab a copy of the activity calendar to make your loved one feel welcome.
Many communities take the residents out shopping if they are physically able to go. Many times, seniors feel that their life is over when they go to live in an assisted living home. Keeping them active will prove that they still have something to offer.
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