Shifting your loved one to an assisted living facility can be stressful even when it is needed and expected. Furthermore, this stress can be even more difficult if they are struggling with their memory and are moving for that reason. When moving your loved one to an assisted living facility, there are multiple ways in which you can make the transition a little bit easier for them. Specifically, these include moving them in when they usually are at their best, attending an event at the care facility before moving in, making their new room feel like home, reducing the surprise factor as much as you can, and many other ways. Below we look into these points more in-depth:
Moving Them In At The Times When They Are Having A Good Day
Memory loss can be a big struggle for people, and with it comes good and bad days. Additionally, there are specific times during the day when they are better. As a person that spends a lot of time with them, you will know when they are at their best. For example, it could be an hour after waking up or after lunch. Make sure you take note of these times and plan the move around them. This will help make the transition a lot easier for them as their mindset will be better than later when they may be more forgetful.
Attending An Event At The Care Facility Before Moving In
Part of the transitioning period is getting them used to the idea that they will be moving from their current home to an assisted living facility. By visiting the facility beforehand and bringing your loved one with you to attend events, they can get used to the surroundings. Specifically, the more they get used to it, the more likely they will remember things when struggling with their memory. Try and attend multiple events if you can instead of just the one. Additionally, ensure you speak positively about the assisted living facility and answer any questions they may have about it.
Making Their New Home Feel Like Home
This applies to anyone when moving. If your new place doesn’t feel like home, then it can be hard to get used to your surroundings. Specifically, this is especially important for someone struggling with their memory. During the transitioning period, try and bring personal items from your loved one’s old home to their new home. Additionally, make sure you get things that will comfort them and help make their assisted living facility feel like home.
Decrease The Surprise Factor As Much As Possible
Moving is a big deal, so the more notice you can give them, the easier it may be. If you know the move will be happening soon, try and get them used to the idea. Bring it up in conversation and talk about it in a calm surrounding. Additionally, if they struggle with their memory, they are likely to forget part of the conversation, so it’s essential you reiterate it and don’t just spring it on them.
We hope transitioning your aging parents from home to an assisted living facility will be a bit easier after reading this article! Eden Memory Care is an assisted living facility that has the experience and expertise to care for your loved ones! To learn about what we can do to make your loved one’s transition as easy as possible, feel free to contact us today at 281-935-9115.