Learning to Adapt to Assisted Living Means Discovering a New World of Possibilities for Many Seniors
Life is all about adaptation. As people grow up, and get older, move out on their own, get married, raise children, build careers, and so on, they constantly have to learn new things, make adjustments to the way they go about various tasks, and there really is no escape to this requirement. When people reach a certain age, various tasks can become more complicated, which is why assisted living can be such a wonderful option.
For some people, learning to adapt to assisted living is not easy.
Many seniors may be reluctant to agree to a move into assisted living, but ultimately most of them realize it was the best decision they could have made. Not only did it provide them an opportunity to be surrounded by peers their own age, many of whom share common interests, but also increase their quality of life.
Even though assisted living is one of the best senior care options available, it will take time for some seniors to adjust to it. It’s important that family understand this adjustment timeframe. It’s going to be different for just about everyone. For some seniors, the adjustment could be almost instantaneous, but for others it may take several days, weeks, or even months.
How to support an aging senior going through this adjustment period.
The best thing anyone can do is be emotionally supportive. Schedule a time to talk on the phone or visit in person. Avoid the temptation to call several times throughout the day, visiting every single day on your way to work and your way home. Even though this aging parent or other individual might be more than enthusiastic to speak to you, it could be having an unintended consequence; it could be keeping them in the room, awaiting the visit or phone call.
If they are not given the opportunity to get out and explore their new environment, if they are not having a chance to meet with other seniors, participate in certain activities, take advantage of entertainment options, and do other things, adjusting can take a lot longer.
Adaptation requires people to become immersed in certain situations. If an aging senior is not given that opportunity, it makes adapting to assisted living a bit more complicated.
More often than not, when an elderly resident explores their new environment, when they take the opportunity to discover the various activities and other events going on at this assisted living facility, they learn to adapt and, for many of them, thoroughly enjoy this new life.
For more information about personal care homes in Hollywood Park, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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