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Supporting Your Loved One as They Transition to a Senior Care Community

A proposed move to a Nursing Home, Assisted Living or any type of Senior Care Community can be an extremely stressful time. Here are some of the ways you can help to support your loved one:

Always Acknowledge Your Loved One’s Feelings

Even in the best of situations, where your loved one willingly chose fulltime senior care, grief and feelings of loss are to be expected. Leaving one’s home can create a feeling of lost independence and upheaval. Don’t minimize your loved ones feelings or focus on the negatives. Being sympathetic and respectful of their feelings will help them adjust to their new living situation.

Work Through Major Concerns Together

While your loved one will likely go through a period of adjustment after moving into an assisted living community, don’t automatically assume that objections are just part of the transition process. If your loved one has concerns, take them seriously. Talk about what steps you can take together to resolve the issue.

Help Your Loved One Personalize Their New Living Space

Help your loved one select meaningful possessions that will create comfort and give the new living space the feeling of home. But be careful not to take over the selection process, let your loved one take the lead and remember that this will be their new living space.

Suggest things that will connect them to your family – Bring favorite works of art, grandchild craft projects or a family heirloom. Bring pictures of family events and important pastimes from your loved one’s history. This will prompt conversation and renew memories while also keeping them connected to your family. Remember that space is at a premium, so select a sofa and chair, a coffee table, nightstand and lamps that are right-sized for the space.

Make Solid Plans to Call and Visit As Often As You Can

Regular contact from friends and family will reassure your loved one that they’re still loved, respected and cared for. Continue to include your loved one in appropriate family outings and events whenever possible. Remember, they may have physical limitations, so be sure to plan outings that they can easily enjoy.

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