Here are several ways seniors should approach the transition to assisted living:
Change and adjustment require keeping an open mind. Seniors are more likely to adapt well if they are prepared and understand that things will not be the exact same as living at home.
Always ask questions
New residents should never hesitate to ask the staff any questions that come to mind. Encourage them to learn about their new home by asking staff. They are there to help!
The sooner a senior becomes active and engaged, the better they will feel about their move. Residents who remain isolated in their apartments are less likely to transition well. Making acquaintances and friends right away will help make their new environment more welcoming and fun.
How Families Can Help With Transitioning
It is just as important that the elder's family adjust to this change as well by keeping a few key things in mind:
Don't feel guilty
It's not uncommon for family members to feel guilty about placing mom and dad into assisted living, but they should remember that the move to assisted living will ultimately benefit their parent's health and well-being.
Family members should visit to make sure their parent is settling in. When visiting is not possible, family members should keep in touch with their parent and work with the staff to make sure that their parents are socializing and involved in the community. We highly encourage families to remain connected, and we provide many opportunities to bring families together on a regular basis.
Family members that visit too often can inhibit some of the senior's independence by calling or visiting too often. We recommend giving them enough space to adjust to their new home on their own and to begin making new friends.
Personalize Their Space
It's important to make the elder's new residence feel like a home. Bring items that have personal meaning, including pictures, knick-knacks, medals, etc.