Transitioning to an assisted living facility.

How to Make the Transition to an Assisted Living Facility Easier

If you are helping an elderly parent or another loved one transition to an assisted living facility, know there are steps you can take to make the move smoother.

Experiencing a mix of complicated emotions is possible when an individual is moving later in life. For many, it is important to remember counseling is available during this transition period. Talking through life changes is advantageous to you and your loved one.

If you or the senior you love is more comfortable talking in their own environment, know Van Blarcom Consulting is available for house calls to help during this transition period.

Encourage Involvement

There are many senior services to take advantage of within retirement communities. When individuals are moving into an assisted living facility, it can be helpful to get involved. Activities and outings provide paths to new friendships, connections that can help when managing missing the personal comforts of the home they’ve moved from.

Attending events and meals is also a great way to get a feel for the community of a building. When possible, do this while in the search process. That way, you can see a location on more than one occasion to be sure what you experienced one day is still applicable on another day.  

Creating Familiar Surroundings

When moving to an assisted living facility, there will be unfamiliar surroundings. But, you can create spaces that are replicas of home. Encourage your loved one to choose what items truly matter to them and bring them to their new home. Of course, keep space restrictions in mind.

Assisted living rooms and apartments can be decorated to be stylish and fun with a little planning. For example, a nightstand can be set up exactly the same way it has been set up for years. Or, place pictures that make your parent or loved one smile throughout their new apartment. When doing this, be sure to get input from the individual who will be moving in. It is, after all, their home.

Adjusting to New Schedules

During the selection process, make visiting regularly a priority. When an individual participates in meal times, they will acclimate to the dishes and know where they feel comfortable sitting. This transition—of what they are eating and who they will be talking to—can begin before moving in. It is simple, but it helps to establish new patterns. They can then look forward to calling an updated location home.

Working with a counselor and other professionals at the assisted living facility is a way to make the person transitioning to a new environment feel as comfortable as possible. Often, this includes developing a sense of familiarity, both with the idea and process of moving and the new community. Take advantage of senior services available for both you and your loved one.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.
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