Top 5 Tips to Make a Move to Assisted Living Smooth and Comfortable
Assisted Living in Terrell Hills TX
Making the move to assisted living can be a significant life decision. This may have been something the senior had been contemplating for some time and even talking over with loved ones. When they finally make that decision, it can cause a great deal of anxiety.
Some people may have a tendency to second-guess their decision, especially as the move in date fast approaches. Here are five tips that can help a senior make a smooth and comfortable transition from living on their own in their own home environment to assisted living.
Tip #1: Focus on the living space.
Instead of trying to focus on all of the things that they have to box and store, focus on the living space in their new home. They may be sharing an apartment with somebody else to save money or they could have their own apartment. Help them choose pictures, paintings, and other items that can be placed on the wall, on dressers, and elsewhere throughout their living space to make it feel like home.
This can include bringing along their favorite recliner, shawl that can be placed over the back of it, and maybe even a couch, entertainment center, TV, and more.
Tip #2: Hire help.
Family members, friends, and neighbors may all volunteer to help with this move, but it’s also a good idea to hire professional help. Some furniture, boxes, and other items can weigh a lot and that can be difficult for loved ones to move around.
By hiring professional help, family members, friends, and neighbors can focus more on being the emotional support the senior needs at this time.
Tip #3: Avoid bringing too much.
Bringing too much furniture, too many boxes of books, movies, and other items are going to make this move hectic. The last thing anyone wants is to have an apartment with a crowded feeling. Start out sparse; the senior can bring in more things in the days and weeks ahead.
Tip #4: Start the move shortly before lunch and finish after lunch.
This will encourage the senior to have lunch at the restaurant facility. This can get him or her meeting other seniors right away.
Tip #5: Be clear on move in expectations at the assisted living facility.
Check with the administrator about what days are ideal for moving in, what items the senior can or should not bring, and ask as many questions as needed to promote a great move and comfortable transition.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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