Adjusting to assisted living is a challenging transition both for seniors and for their loved ones. One of the most difficult aspects of the change is the older adult living in a different place with new people. Often, a motivating factor for the transition to assisted living is concerns about older adults’ safety living alone. Also, many seniors require more consistent monitoring and increased social engagement, which families are unable to provide without assistance. Although the benefits of assisted living are fruitful, there are also difficult moments in the initial transition phase. Read below for some tips to an smoother transition from independent to assisted living.
Planning visits with friends and loved ones prior to the move is helpful. If you’re a caregiver or family member, facilitating the move is likely one of your roles. Seniors can enter their new home with plans that they can look forward to in the near and distant future. Visits do not have to be elaborate. A short shopping trip or chat at a local café often does the trick. Holidays such as Christmas and New Years can include more substantive plans like a home visit or a short trip away.
If you’re a senior transitioning to a new home, keeping an open mind is very important. No one is denying the difficulty of leaving all that was familiar and moving to a new environment. There are certain choices you can make to help yourself transition more easily. Socializing with other residents and staff members is one way to feel connected to your new home. Attend events hosted by the assisted living facility and bond with your neighbors.
Consider Respite Care at Doolittle Home
Doolittle Home offers respite care for stays of seven days or more. This allows an older adult to get a taste of Doolittle Home and engage in the daily activities and events while the caregiver takes a vacation or prepares for the holidays. With three hot meals a day, social interaction with the staff and residents in a bed and breakfast atmosphere, it is a wonderful experience for the older adult. The caregiver can be at ease knowing all needs, including nursing care and medication management is handled by our dedicated professional staff.
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