Many elders are reluctant to leave the comfort of their own home and move to an assisted living facility. While a facility won’t carry all the sentimental memories that a senior has acquired over the years, assisted living is designed to make their life easier and still allow them to live independently. The following strategies can help a loved one adjust.
- Involve your loved one in making a decision about a facility. Arrange a meeting with a staff member and tour the facility with your loved one. Allowing them to feel a sense of control over the situation will make them more open to change.
- Assisted living facilities offer a variety of activities and services. Invest the time to locate a facility that offers activities that your loved one would enjoy participating in.
- Personalize their living area, whether it’s a room or an apartment setting, with personal belongings from home. Maybe they have a favorite piece of furniture or décor that would make them feel at home. Hanging family photos can conjure up good thoughts and memories no matter where they are located.
- Remind your loved one of the difficult time they were having maintaining the old place. At an assisted living facility, they don’t have to worry about cooking, cleaning, or yard and home maintenance.
- When looking into an assisted living facility, be sure to ask about their visitation policy. Your loved one may feel more comfortable knowing that they can have visitors anytime.
- Encourage your loved one to remain social. Interacting with others and making friends will keep them from falling into isolation and depression. They may even come to enjoy the community feel of assisted living.
- Reassure them that assisted living promotes independence but they don’t have to worry about home or yard care anymore. Things they need help with will be taken care of but they will still maintain a level of dignity and independence.
We all have a fear of the unknown and have to transition into new experiences. Support your loved one by letting them know that you will be there to help them get through the transition period. Let the elder know that you are more than willing to get the answers to any of their questions or concerns.
Change is difficult for anyone and becomes more of a challenge as we age. Moving into assisted living is a major transition for your loved one. Helping a loved one adjust may seem impossible at first but be patient and understanding. Your love and support will help them come along just fine in the end.
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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