Moving your loved one to an assisted living facility is not easy and starting a conversation about it can pose a challenge for all those involved. But keep in mind that as hard as it may be, in the end it can reduce stress or the likelihood of an emergency. Here are a few tips to make it easier:
• Be ready with thorough research and information.
• Always have open conversations with all those involved to ensure everyone’s feelings and concerns are voiced.
• Talk when all those involved are well rested.
• Try to recruit a trusted outside party i.e. family physician, clergy member or family friend to join the discussion.
• Listen to your loved one’s desires and concerns, and understand their needs.
• Don’t expect an immediate answer. It is vital to give your loved one time to assess new information. It may be necessary to have several discussions.
Making the Shift
Everyone can agree that a transition of any sort can be emotionally demanding. The transition to assisted living is no different. For that reason it is extremely important to be aware of the feelings your loved one may be experiencing. Below are some ways to support a loved one through the transition to assisted living:
• Don’t minimize their feelings. Allow your loved one to express their feelings and take it seriously.
• Work through concerns together. While your loved one will likely go through a period of adjustment after moving into an assisted living facility, don’t automatically assume that complaints are just part of the transition process
• Personalize the New Space. Personalize your loved one’s new living space to make it their own. A good way to achieve this is by helping with the selection of meaningful possessions.
• Stay in regular contact. Include your loved one in family outings and events whenever possible. If your loved one lives far away, regular calls or emails will make a bigger impact than you may realize.
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