It’s perfectly understandable if you or your loved ones feel anxious and worried over the move to an assisted living community. As this may be the first time your loved ones would live away from family members, the transition can seem overwhelming and daunting as your loved ones prepare to reside in an unfamiliar environment. While moving to assisted living can be a difficult process for many families, it’s important to remember that an assisted living community can be beneficial for your loved ones. In some cases, it may even be necessary if your loved ones’ declining health starts to impede their quality of life. As such, there are ways to make the move a little easier. Here are some tips and tricks to moving to assisted living.
Always Plan Ahead
Being well-prepared is a good thing for any situation. If you have done sufficient research and look forward to any possible problems arising, you can address those problems much more effectively and quickly. In the United States, there are many senior living communities available throughout the country. You should narrow down your search by finding an assisted living community that’s located in your ideal location, has the necessary amenities and features to meet your loved ones’ needs and expectations, and has the experience and knowledge to take care of your loved ones.
Tour Around the Community
Once you have found a suitable assisted living community, find out if that specific community provides tours around the community. Tours are incredibly helpful as it allows you and your loved ones to take a look at the inner operations of the community, which cannot be shown through photos or descriptions online. Tours also provide you with an opportunity to have conversations with the team members and ask questions. For your loved ones, they can familiarize themselves with the environment, meet the other residents, and have a better feel of the community. Therefore, during moving day, your loved ones would not be completely surprised and overwhelmed.
Make the Living Space Feel Like Home
Here at TerraBella Hillsborough, our assisted living apartments are already fully furnished, which means that your loved ones will be welcomed to a living space that’s move-in ready. However, we highly encouraged all our residents to add a personalized touch to their apartments through various ways, such as placing personal photos and paintings, displaying treasured knick-knacks, and placing a favorite piece of furniture. For other changes in the apartment, we do advise you and your loved ones to first check with our concierge team. By making the new living space feel like home, your loved ones will feel more comfortable and have peace of mind knowing that their cherished items are close to them.
Pay a Visit Often
Of course, never ever neglect your loved ones while they’re living in an assisted living community. We understand that you may be busy with your other responsibilities in life, but it’s extremely important to pay a visit to your loved ones once every week. If you’re unable to accommodate this schedule, you should at least visit once every month. Such visits allow your loved ones to stay in touch with you, while you can be updated with your loved ones’ progress and health.