Helping Your Loved One Transition to Assisted Living
When the time comes to consider the move of an aging family member from their relatively independent environment into an assisted living facility or group home, it is rarely an easy decision or transition. The reality is that as our population is aging it’s a choice that more and more families have to make. We do, however, have some tips to help make the move to an assisted living home that much easier:
- Do your research: Be sure that the group home or community you’re considering for your loved one is the right fit for their personality. Do they serve meals for special diets? What sort of activities and exercise are provided?
- Help them feel at home: Speak to the caregiver who will be assisting your loved one and inform them about their interests and hobbies. This is a great way to have your loved one’s personal interests available to continue when make such a big environmental change. Additionally, be sure to fill your loved one’s living space with as many personal effects as possible to make them feel more comfortable and at home.
- Know the staff: Having a liaison that assists with your loved one’s day to day health and comfort is vital, especially in the very beginning. A strong line of contact can prevent any moving anxiety, and can also quell any fears about timing (did I leave the move too late? Too early?).
- Be present: Plan as many visits as possible over the first phase of the move to ensure that your loved one settles in with a familiar face around. While these visits provide closeness between the two of you, it’s also important that you walk a fine line in order encourage independence and allow them to acclimate to their surroundings at their own pace – inspiring friendships with other residents is one great way to help.
At Paradise Living Centers our caregivers and Care Manager work closely with families to ensure the transition runs smoothly. From meals to medicine, they’re there for your loved one, so developing a relationship with them can be an essential asset. We also welcome family members to visit often and plan regular gatherings and celebrations.
As you consider the next step for your aging family members, keep these tips in mind to help reduce some of the anxiety or concerns that may cloud any decisions. Our team at Paradise Living Center are always available to assist and if you are evaluating the options, we encourage you to schedule a tour. The process of making the decision with your family and loved one is often a difficult one. We are here to help.