When your parent is moving into an assisted living community, it will be a period of significant adjustment for them and also for you. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help make the transition into senior living as smooth as possible:
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Involve them in the decision
Resist the urge to try to make all the decisions. Instead, talk with your parent about what’s important to them and what level of care they may need and want. Take them to visit retirement communities so you both can determine which one is the best fit for their specific needs and preferences. Their adjustment is likely to be easier if they don’t feel pushed.
Listen to their concerns
The idea of moving into assisted living may take some getting used to, even if your parent is looking forward to some aspects of their move. Talk to your parent about anything they may be concerned about, making sure to openly listen and not dismiss their feelings.
Make it feel like home
Moving into a new environment can be unsettling and intimidating. Bring along some of your parent’s favorite objects, and help them decorate and personalize their apartment so it feels like home. Favorite pictures and knickknacks can all help make your parent feel comfortably connected to his or her new surroundings.
Call or visit your parent often, but don’t hover
Keeping in touch can help ease your parent’s transition. Visit when you can, but even if you live farther away, remain in close contact with your parent and staff for updates. The key is to stay in frequent touch, but give them the space they need to forge new bonds and successfully acclimate to their new senior living home.
Learn about your parent’s senior living community
The more you know about the level of care, activities, meals, and other features of the senior living facility, the more you’ll be able to offer encouragement to your parent. Perhaps you can spot an activity that meshes well with one of their interests or that they’ve always talked about wanting to try. Or talk with them about the meals offered and what choices they might make.
For more information about our retirement communiy in Venice, contact Jacaranda Trace. We’d be happy to have you and your parent visit for lunch and take you on a tour of our community.