Although each situation is unique to the individual, there are some telltale signs that an aging loved one could benefit from moving to an assisted living community. Often, a decline in health that affects the overall quality of life is one of the most common reasons family caregivers seek assisted living services. Or, when the caregivers feel they can no longer provide the level of care their loved one requires to thrive. But, other signs include less obvious situations like changes in physical appearance, the state of the home, or increasing problems with memory, social isolation and withdrawal.
After the decision has been made that moving to assisted living is the best option for not only the senior but also for the family caregiver, other challenging circumstances could arise as well: the move itself and settle into a new lifestyle. For some seniors, an assisted living community may seem like a final step instead of a new, worry-free chance at living the best life possible. However, for those who are leaving a home they lived in for many years due to declining health, mobility issues or safety concerns assisted living communities to ensure they’ll receive the support and care they need to live as vibrantly as they can. After researching and visiting various communities and selecting one that will best meet the senior’s needs, it’s time to plan for moving day, as well as how everyone will adjust to the new way of life.
The first few weeks in the assisted living community represent a crucial time for seniors to get acclimated to their new lifestyles. They may feel like their independence will be compromised or that they’re being forced to adapt to a new routine. Here are a few tips new residents should keep in mind to ensure they’re settling in quickly:
After their loved ones move to assisted living, family members often go through a transitional period, too. They may be facing some caregiver guilt as they relinquish their duties, even though their goal is to ensure their aging loved one is as happy and as healthy as possible. A few ways family members can help their loved ones settle in include:
For those who would benefit from a supportive staff but do not yet require skilled nursing care, Dacier Manor at Advent Christian Village offers assisted living with a variety of amenities. Your loved one will enjoy bright and cheerful private or semi-private rooms that can be customized to feel just like home. Let us enhance your loved one’s life today! Contact us to visit our beautiful senior living community or to request more information.