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Transitioning an older adult to a senior living community can be intimidating to both them and their family. Adjusting to the environment and other residents will take anywhere from 30 to 90 days. It’s important that families help their loved one adjust by giving them time to settle into their new home.
Change and adjustment require keeping an open mind. Seniors are more likely to adapt well if they are prepared and understand that life will not be the exact same as living at home.
New residents should never hesitate to ask the community’s team any questions that come to mind. Encourage them to learn about their new home by asking associates and caregivers. They are there to help!
The sooner an older adult 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.
It is just as important that the senior’s family adjust to this change by keeping a few key points in mind:
It’s not uncommon for family members to feel guilty about moving a loved one into assisted living, but they should remember that the move 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 loved one and work with the community team to make sure their loved one is 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. We recommend giving them enough space to adjust to their new home on their own and to begin making new friends.
It’s important to make your loved one’s new residence feel like a home. Bring items that have personal meaning, including furniture, pictures, knick-knacks, etc.