Moving your loved one to an assisted living facility is a massive undertaking. It often takes time for the seniors to adjust and finally agree to the idea of moving away from the comfort of their homes.
However, knowing how to handle the situation and the various challenges that come along with it can make it less stressful for everyone involved in the process. Follow these simple tips to make the moving process a little bit easier.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Your loved one may become resistant to the idea of moving if the news is abrupt. Therefore, it is crucial to discuss the idea of moving to a senior living facility long before it happens. If the move is close by, you need to find a way of breaking the news to your parent in a way that is highly respectful and understanding.
Hire a Mover
While family and friends are always willing to help load and unload, it is much better if you work with a professional mover. This will make your work easy and help you focus on other things that matter.
If you do not want to hire a professional moving company, consider talking to college students who are happy to work for a few hours for a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-service moving company.
Ask Your Family for Help
Do not be afraid to enlist the help of family and friends to help organize, pack, and arrange the new space. Make sure that you prepare the list of activities you want to accomplish and ask other family members to help you whenever you feel overwhelmed.
Even children and younger members of the family can help. Remember the fact that surrounding your loved one with members of the family will encourage them and ease the emotional stress of moving into an assisted living facility.
Get a Floor Plan of Your Loved One’s New Room
Ask your new community for a floor plan of your parent’s new home. Take time to examine the floor plan of the new space and use it as a guide while arranging the new space.
Measure the exact space that you have and be sure to fill in the equivalent amount of space while packing. Plan where your furniture and appliances will go in the new space and sell or give away what you do not need. Remember to create some space for pets.
Even after moving your loved one into a senior living facility, make sure that you provide him/her with ongoing support. Once your parent is settled, check on them regularly and encourage them to explore their new community.
Help Make Your Loved One’s New Room Feel Like Home
If the new room looks generic, your parent will never feel like it is theirs. To make it feel like a new home for the, make sure that you add some framed photos on the wall, add wall art decorations, and customize the colors. Filling the new, unfamiliar space with lots of meaningful items will quickly transform it into something more comfortable and familiar.
Schedule a Tour
Make a point of visiting the assisted living facility and touring the community to determine whether it is the right fit for your loved one. Visit us today, and we gladly guide you through our conveniently located and beautifully landscaped amenities that bring peace and tranquility to seniors who stay in our facility.