There’s no question that transitioning to an assisted living community can be stressful for a senior, regardless of the many benefits that await them. Practicing patience, staying positive and remaining in constant communication will certainly help ease the initial stress.
Below are a few practical steps you and your family can take to ease the transition for your loved one:
If you commit to visiting your loved one frequently during early months of a new transition, feelings of loneliness, rejection and isolation will certainly diminish. And when you cannot be there, connecting via Zoom or FaceTime can bring so much joy.
Having someone to listen to them patiently will help to calm fears and encourage a positive outlook that they are still a very large part of their family’s lives – and their hearts. Working with other family members to schedule valuable time is also a wonderful effort to keep your loved one feeling connected and loved.
Our homes bring us comfort because they’re filled with memories and things that bring us joy. Adding a senior’s treasured items, cherished photos and keepsakes into their new living space is a certain way to make them feel more “at home” in their new home.
It’s important to us to maintain open communication with our resident’s family members. In our home, our staff become close to residents and their families, creating beautiful relationships. And since our caregivers will be spending so much time with your loved one, they will witness their vulnerabilities and strengths, knowing when it’s time to share any concerns…or simply boast about how well they are thriving in their new community! Keeping communication channels open will help everyone stay informed, connected and involved.
The first couple of weeks adjusting to an assisted living home can be the most difficult, but if we all work together with compassion and patience, it can help the transition process flow more smoothly.
At Eden Estates, we continuously exceed the expectations of our residents and their families by providing exceptional care in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. Meals at our home are prepared fresh daily…and are both nutritious and delicious.
If you believe it’s time to explore assisted living senior care options to ensure your loved one’s needs are met, we’d love to meet with you and show you around our wonderful home. Schedule a tour today!