When your loved one has lived in their own home for many years, making the move to an assisted living community might be daunting. It is typically one of the most significant adjustments many aged adults will make in their later years. There is no way to get rid of every single worry accompanying this transition. There are, however, tips that can help transitioning to assisted living more smooth-sailing.
Pack Efficiently and With Intention
First, inquire with your community as to whether packing services are offered. Having the proper assistance will go a long way towards making the move to assisted living go as smoothly as possible. While packing, put items of top priority first and do not worry about getting everything done all at once. To save time and stay organized, make a list. Begin with necessities such as toiletries, clothing, medications, and furnishings. After you’ve taken care of the big and bulky stuff, proceed on to smaller items of value that may be tucked away in storage. Packing becomes significantly less stressful if you tackle it step by step without rushing.
Allow Room for Emotional Vulnerability
Even if you or a loved one is well-prepared for the transition to assisted living, there are bound to be concerns and uncertainties. It is a move no one can be completely prepared for, so sentiments like these are perfectly normal. Seek support from social groups, be it family, friends, your faith, internet resources, or others. Talking about your fears and concerns is an excellent way to conquer them. Always be patient – it takes time.
Make Your Space Feel Like Home
Making your new living space feel like home is one of the best methods to feel more at ease. Arrange the furniture and décor in a similar way as they were in the old home. Personal sentimental objects should be prominently placed. Once again, ask your community about their moving and unpacking services—they should be able to assist you with the process. Spending time and effort to create a space that is both functional and cozy will get rid of any homesickness in no time.
Get Acquainted with Neighbors and Team Members
Your loved one is likely to be living in an apartment with several neighbors in close proximity. Other residents may end up becoming new friends. Encourage your loved one to make as many new friends as possible. Other members have been through similar transitions and may be an excellent resource and support network. Your loved one will also get acquainted with the community team members. Their job is to make your loved one feel comfortable and cared for, so feel free to ask as many questions as you like.
Make the Transition to Assisted Living with TerraBella Spartanburg
Want to learn more about the assisted living program and the services we offer at TerraBella Spartanburg? Contact us and our senior lifestyle counselors will be more than happy to be your guide and answer any questions you may regarding our amenities, lifestyle programs, and more.