Moving from the comfort of one’s home to assisted living can be a very stressful time. If you are helping an elderly loved one make this significant move from a place where they have lived for a majority of their life, make sure that you understand the stress that is involved in this move.
Letting go of the comforts of home. This is one of the most difficult things for anyone to do, especially if they are not making a move that they really want to be doing. Assisted-living is a great opportunity for many aging seniors who either don’t want to or can no longer take care of the house or the property that it sits on.
Depending on how long the elderly individual has lived in their current home, the move to assisted living can be quite traumatic. The longer that somebody lives in the same home, the more familiar they are with their surroundings. They know how many steps it is to the back bedroom, they can probably find their way in the dark during a power failure, and know where all the furniture sits. Moving to a new place means learning about these new surroundings all over again.
In order to help your parents or other elderly loved one deal with the stress of this move, it involves helping them see it as a positive event. Be there when they make the actual move and assist them in getting settled in the new place. You may want to stay with them for the first night or even first few nights, if that is permitted by the assisted-living facility.
Becoming familiar with new neighbors can also be very stressful. You can go around with your parents, introducing him or her to some of the new neighbors or even put together a small, informal function a short time after the move event that will help them get to know other people there.
For some people, meeting others is a difficult and very stressful situation. The best way to alleviate stress when it comes to new neighbors and meeting people is to facilitate this process for them.
Make sure that the furniture they take with them, if any, is both comfortable and has some personal sentimental value to it. This will help them be more comfortable in their new surroundings, especially during the initial days and weeks.
The most important thing you can do to help manage the stress of a move to assisted living is to be supportive and physically be there to help them with this transitions, if at all possible.
When researching options for assisted living in Dickinson, TX call us at (832) 315-3219. Assisted Living counselors at Serenity Gardens are available to talk with you about your caregiving needs while providing better, affordable care for you or a loved one.