Transitioning a loved one into assisted living care can be difficult for everyone involved. However, there are several things you can do to help ease the adjustment process and make the experience as positive as possible. Here are four ways you can support your loved one during this time:
1. Visit Often: One of the most important things you can do is visit your loved one frequently. This will help them feel connected to their family and friends and will give them something to look forward to each week.
2. Help with Decorating: Assist your loved one in personalizing their new living space. Bring in familiar items like photos, books, and other cherished possessions to make the space feel more like THEIR space. This can be especially fun to decorate the room together for different holidays.
3. Meet the Neighbors: Introducing your family to other neighbors in the community can help your aging family member feel more at ease. Other neighbors in the community have gone through the same transition so they will know exactly how to make your family member feel right at home.
4. Be Patient and Understanding: Remember that the adjustment process takes time and patience. Your loved one may feel sad, anxious, or frustrated at times, and it’s important to listen and offer support as they navigate this new chapter in their lives.
By following these tips, you can help your loved one adjust to assisted living and make the transition as smooth as it can be. Remember, it’s important to be there for them every step of the way. If you need some extra assistance in creating a plan of transition, our amazing care managers at Preferred Living Solutions are happy to help your family!