The transition to assisted living is hard on the whole family, but the move from one home to another is also an opportunity to live in a refreshingly new environment. An assisted living facility offers the comforts of home with the added benefit of a built-in community. While the actual move can, at times feel overwhelming for everyone involved, it doesn’t have to be. As a caregiver, there are somethings you can do to make this a more streamlined and enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Here are a few suggestions for how you can help your family member transition into assisted living easily and happily.
6 Steps To Transition To Assisted Living
1 – Create a plan before move-in day
Observe the layout of your new apartment together, and ask a friend to help you decide what you should bring from home ans what to buy new. Compare the new closet space to the closet space of their current home. Too many shoes and coats? Do you have any items you no longer use? Take measurements if needed. Don’t waste time and energy transporting things that will end up getting discarding after move in.
2 – Stay positive and look for the potential
How many of us have dismissed something at first glance? Ask a loved one to help you take a closer look, and chances are, you will both see something that you didn’t notice before. Yes, moving into a new living space often stirs up a variety of emotions. Keep a smile on your face and remind yourself that these feelings are normal as you transition to assisted living. They should start to dissipate once you get situated in your new home.
3 – Try to meet new people
One advantage of an assisted living community is the plethora of social events waiting just outside the door. Before the move, take a day trip to the community. Check out the social board for upcoming activities or outings, and mark off interesting activities you might like to sign up for someday. There will never be a shortage of things to do in your new community. Introduce yourself to your neighbors and find a buddy to join you in a recreational activity.
4 – Meet the staff
Our staff is always here for you. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff for help; they are an excellent source for advise in helping your loved one navigate within their new environment. The staff can answer your questions about our shared community. Any questions and concerns are welcomed by our staff.
5 – Stay in contact
Life will undoubtedly get busy for you, but it’s still important to keep in touch with your friends and family. Schedule time on the calendar to make phone calls, visits, and send emails to your loved ones. At the same time, you should respect that they will also have an adjustment phase. It’s also important to make sure you give them enough space to adjust to life without you. And give yourself time to explore new friendships in your new home.
6 – Remember to always have fun
Independent living transitions can be tough, but you’ll thank yourself for it in the end. Once you’ve settled in your new home, we hope you’ll invite your friends and family to visit you at your Stellar Assisted Living facility often. Our staff is here to help make this a comfortable transition for you and your family. Residents, and their families, are encouraged to reach out to us with questions, concerns, and suggestions.
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