Having the discussion about transitioning to assisted living for your loved one can be emotional for everyone involved. As a senior caregiver, not only are you helping them close a chapter of their life, but you’re also helping them re-design and build a new one together. The process is inherently emotional because it is often perceived as a loss of independence and also a departure from the life they worked so hard to build.
By beginning the conversation early on and giving them the emotional support needed for planning this phase of their life, you can help your loved one transition positively into assisted living. Here are some tips to remain collaborative and also set optimistic expectations for the future.
Helpful Tips for Senior Caregivers:
1 – Understanding Any Resistance
Begin your conversations with a high level of patience and understanding. It’s important to hear out the honest thoughts and fears of your loved one. Through the process of hearing their perspective and experience, you can begin to bridge the gaps between any perceived fears and address them through tours at facilities, talking to others in the communities, and also getting to know some of the staff. By getting their questions answered early on, you can help your loved one get feedback and determine important factors in their transition. For example, what opportunities will they have to continue activities they love or maintain some of their cherished routines? Let your loved ones get their questions answered, and let them make decisions based on the things they want most to be happy in their new home.
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2 – Communicate their Personal Preferences
To help your loved one transition into their space, educate the staff there about their personal preferences when it comes to little tasks, the times of day they enjoy certain activities, or anything they need extra help with. By facilitating these small details, you will help your loved one settle in with familiar routines, products, and expectations. Even the seemingly insignificant details such as a familiar snack, smell, or image can trigger positive and comforting memories for your loved one. If you can, make a list of their medications, likes and dislikes, favorite clothes, music, and any other details. Share these with the staff and find ways to plant as many of these thing into their new life.
3 – Set Up a Visiting Schedule
Many senior caregivers feel confused when they no longer have to take care of their loved ones regularly. Your relationship isn’t over, it’s just changing. After your loved one has had a chance to settle in, give them a call or stop by to say hello. Nothing brightens up their day more than to hear your voice or see your face. If you can, set up a visiting schedule that works for you but also allows your loved one to set their expectations on how often they will see you. Use Skype or any other video conferencing apps to fit in a conversation if you are unable to be there in person. Being a part of their routine and life at the facility and sharing stories together will help them feel connected to their family unit and enjoy their new environment and friends.
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