Have you decided that assisted living is the best option for your aging senior? If so, it is probably fair to say you have done a fair amount of research and touring of facilities, however, the hard part is not quite done. In fact, the next part of the process might be the most taxing as you want to help your loved one make a smooth transition to their new home at the assisted living community.
This step will involve a lot of support from everyone in your family, but if done correctly, can be less invasive.
If you are in the process of helping your loved one transition from living at home to living in an assisted living community, these tips will help.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Preparation is the key when it comes to having a successful transition for your retirement-aged senior. From packing to preparing the paperwork and making sure the payments have cleared, preparing for the transition is very important.
In order to prepare, you may need to delegate tasks to certain family members to ensure it is done correctly. This is especially true for the small things that can easily fall through the cracks once you are overloaded.
During this process, it will be mentally and emotionally challenging for everyone involved. That is why positivity will be well needed and appreciated from everyone. It is also vital that you keep in mind why you are doing this in the first place. You want your loved one to be safe and you feel that will be accomplished in an assisted living community. Keep reminding yourself of this when the process gets tough.
Be Open and Honest
There will undoubtedly be a lot of questions when moving and it is best that everyone is open and honest. Whether the questions are about finances or about legal situations that need to be answered ahead of time, everyone needs to be open. This helps set clear expectations and will help minimize any issues that could arise at a later date.
A great way to ensure that your loved one feels at home is by making sure their new place feels like it. Decorate, hang pictures, put down accent rugs. Maybe even hang the same or similar window treatments that were in their previous home. Every little thing will help to make the transition smoother and easier.
Assisted Living at Holly Hall Retirement Community
At Holly Hall, we understand the process that is ahead of you and your loved one. However, we also know the joy, laughter, and care that our residents experience while living in an assisted living community like Holly Hall.
Our professional staff is committed to assisting our residents on a daily basis so they feel at home and experience the best hospitality ever.
Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community to find out more about our historic community or to learn how we can help your loved one successfully transition to assisted living.