Moving your mom, dad or grandparent from their home to an Assisted Living community can be an emotionally charged and challenging process. The home is a place of security, comfort, memories – and your loved one may be reluctant to leave those things behind. In my experience, I have found that while some residents welcome the new experience, others are more cautious … approaching it one step at a time. Below are a few ways to make the transition as seamless as possible:
- Start the conversation early. Some families move their loved one into an Assisted Living community out of immediate need – which can create stress and tension. Starting the conversation before they need a higher level of care is crucial, and it’s important for all parties to be involved in the decision. Check out our blog post 5 Signs That It’s Time for Your Loved One to Move to Assisted Living to know what indicators to watch for.
- Visit the community (more than once). One of the hardest parts of the transition is the unfamiliarity of a different environment and new people. I always encourage families to stop by The Cabana as often as possible to get acquainted with residents and staff. Building those relationships early is key. It will aid in establishing trust and help your loved one feel secure.
- Stay positive. As you go through the process of moving to Assisted Living, you are likely to encounter doubts and circumstances that you can’t predict. But, I promise … there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Once your loved one is settled in, they will be safe, cared for and able to live life to the fullest – and you will be able to do the same. I know, because I hear from families every day about how happy they are with their decision (and how they wish they would have done it sooner)!
We hope to serve as your resource as you discuss those next steps. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 772-332-1000.
By Deniese Williams, Executive Director