Packing up and moving away from a home you have lived in for many years can be an emotional change. The same can be true for helping a senior loved one make a similar move. When an older adult makes the transition to a senior living community, this change can bring on conflicting feelings. Fear, sadness, excitement and uncertainty are a few of the emotions one might experience.
The key to making this transition a smooth one is to prepare for the good and the bad while setting some realistic expectations for the beginning of their stay after the move to a new home.
Making such a change is a big lifestyle adjustment. Even if an older adult is excited to join a new community, they will most likely still face some hurtles along the way.
Below are some helpful tips that can ease the transition period.
Visiting frequently before the big move: We understand that moving from a private home to a senior living community can be overwhelming. Visiting that new community ahead of time can make the transition easier by becoming more accustomed with a new environment. Planning out a schedule and becoming familiar with the layout of the buildings can ease some of the fears a loved one can have as they enter into a new atmosphere.
Creating a visitor schedule: During the beginning months of their stay in their new living community, it can be helpful to set up a visitor calendar. Having friends and family members sign up for different days and times to visit your loved one can ensure they have visitors throughout the week and feel that they haven’t been forgotten. With the aids of private Facebook groups or other planning tools, it is easy to create a schedule for visiting times. However, be sure to leave alone time for your loved one to attend activities and meet other members of their new community.
Planning a housewarming party: Having the opportunity to show off their new place can be a great way to ease the transition of a loved one into a new home. A party also gives a chance for old friends to meet new ones. Having a small get-together in the community’s private dinning room with snacks and refreshments can provide a fun and simple way of breaking in the newness of your family members’ new home.
These are a few tips we hope can help to ease the transition of a loved one into their new senior living home as quickly and easily as possible.