Helping your loved one transition from home to senior living

Helping your loved one transition from home to senior living

October 1, 2020

Moving your loved one from their home into a senior living community can be an extremely emotional process. The individual themselves may feel like they’re losing their independence, their youth and so much more—which is a completely normal reaction to this situation. As the person who’s helping them transition into their new place of residence, you might feel like the bad guy or that you’re forcing them into a new phase of life. Here at Heather Glen, we do the absolute most to make the process as easy as possible for both parties. Continue reading for tips on helping your loved one (and yourself) get through the difficult parts of this major life event. 

Give them time to process 

Whether it’s suggested by a medical provider, family members or by you, your loved one will need some time to process the idea of moving into a senior living community. As mentioned above, it’s an emotional situation that must be approached delicately. No matter how they react, it’s important to let them know that this decision was not made lightly, and that’s it will truly improve their quality of life. Give them time and space to feel their feelings. After a few days, they might even be excited to help with the research process and begin visiting potential community. 

Make as many decisions together as possible 

Once the initial shock has passed, it’s important to include your loved one in certain conversations during the process. Even if you do the bulk of the research and present them with a narrowed list of communities, it will help them to feel more in control of the situation, thus more comfortable. Listen to their concerns and really take them into consideration. 

Visit the community together before moving 

Whether you’re narrowing down a list of options or are visiting your selected community for the first time, it’s important that you go together. Change scares people of all ages, and one of the scariest parts of moving into a personal care home is a massive change in surroundings and routine. Help them know what to expect, get familiarized with their surroundings and meet the staff. While you’re there, make a point to talk with residents about their experiences to ensure that the quality of care they receive is as promised. Talking with current residents can also help your loved one start conversations with potential future friends. 

Help them make it feel like home 

The transition process has come to an end, and your loved one is officially moved into their senior living community – now what? Help make them feel at home in their new home.. Set up a flexible visitation schedule so they know when to expect you, but also encourage them to make new friends in the community. Assist them in arranging their home decor items so they feel cozy and comfortable in their space. Do whatever you can to make the process easier. 

Choosing the right community With the sheer volume of senior living communities who all offer different experiences, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your loved one. Heather Glen Senior Living is a premier community in Pennsylvania, offering various options to fit the needs of every individual. To learn more about the process and the services we offer, reach out to us today.

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