Smooth Transition: Tips for Moving Your Loved One Into Assisted Living

Deciding to move a loved one from a home where they’ve been living independently into an Assisted Living community can be challenging. Your family member may not want to move, or they may be nervous about this new chapter of their life.

There’s no denying that transitioning into a senior living community can be daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be as stressful as you think. You may ensure a smooth transition by taking these actions:

Be Honest

While it can be tempting to go behind your loved one’s back and start researching available senior living communities, that’s not always the best approach. Your loved one can appreciate being involved in something that directly affects them.

Be honest with them from the beginning. Explain why you think a senior living community is the right place for them, and reassure them that they’ll have everything they need to live life to the fullest.

Research Different Communities

There are tens of thousands of senior living communities in the United States, all offering a range of services and amenities. Start writing a list of all options in your area and narrow them down based on location, your loved one’s care requirements, and the amenities you believe they can benefit from.

Where possible, schedule tours of the ones you like the look of the most. Take your loved one with you so they can get a feel for where they may end up calling home.

Start Decluttering and Downsizing

Even if you’ll be waiting weeks or months before moving your loved one into their new home, it doesn’t hurt to start decluttering and downsizing in advance. The more time you have, the more gentle you can be with your loved one. Saying goodbye to possessions they’ve had for a long time can be challenging.

Where possible, involve them in this process. Ask them what they would like to bring with them and if there’s anything they’d like you to keep in the family. Remember to show empathy and compassion during this challenging time.

Personalize Their New Home

When the day arrives to move your family member into their new home, set time aside to help them get settled in. This can involve personalizing their new home.

Decorate their new unit or apartment with their favorite photos, knick-knacks, décor, and special items. If you’ve chosen a pet-friendly community, you can also set up your loved one’s pet area, stock up on supplies, and help their pets adjust.

Visit Regularly

Your loved one is in unfamiliar surroundings with people with whom they haven’t yet formed friendships. You may help your family member’s transition into their new home go much smoother by checking in often. Visit regularly, participate in activities, and maintain contact with care associates. It won’t be long until your loved one feels right at home in their new senior living community.

Be Patient

Adjusting to a new living environment doesn’t happen overnight. Your loved one may struggle with feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed during those early days of being in a new home. Be patient, and give it time.

Let your loved one know you’re here for them and are just a phone call away. You can also express your concerns to your loved one’s care team so they can provide additional support.

Contact Lynridge of Waco Assisted Living & Memory Care Today

We know how hard it can be for families to adjust to a loved one transitioning into a senior living community. We’re here to guide you through the process. Contact us today to ask questions, schedule a tour, and meet our amazing care associates. We’re looking forward to helping you get settled in.

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