When it comes time for a loved one to move into an assisted living home, whether it’s a semi-independent home or even a memory care facility, it can be a big adjustment for everyone. It’s important to make sure your loved one feels comfortable and supported every step of the way. If you’re worried about how to help your loved one adjust to their new living arrangements, start by reading these tips.
- Prepare them for the change
If they’re moving into a new home, it can be overwhelming and they might be hesitant to go. By visiting the new location and introducing them to staff, you will help them feel more comfortable when it comes time to move. It’s also important to make their new home feel like home. Pack all of their favorite belongings and include them in the moving and decorating processes.
- Stay in contact
Your ability to frequently visit will depend on the location of the assisted living home. If you can’t visit regularly, it’s important to still stay in contact. Whether it’s talking on the phone, video chatting, or even sending letters or gifts, it’s important to remind your loved one that they are still important to you.
- Keep their routines as similar as possible
If your loved one has a favorite show they like to watch in the evenings or a unique mug they like to drink their coffee out of every morning, do your best to make sure they are still able to do these things. Moving out of the comforts of their home will be difficult, so it’s important to let them keep their routine as consistent as possible.
- Encourage them to be social
Some seniors might be reluctant to participate in activities and socialize in their new homes. It’s important for them to feel comfortable in their new home, and making friends can help with that. Ask them to keep an open mind and ask questions they may have. Being social will be beneficial to their health too. In fact, a study conducted in 2008 had results showing that seniors who had higher levels of social integration experienced memory loss at half the rate of those who were least socially integrated.
It can be difficult to make the decision to move your loved one into an assisted living home, but it’s important to remember it’s ultimately what’s best for them. It’s a new chapter of their life and can be an intimidating change, so you need to show as much support as possible.