Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, the decision to move to an assisted living home is one of the most difficult decisions to make. So many challenges come with such a big transition, and it can seem overwhelming.
Here are some tips to help with moving to an assisted living community.
Positivity is Paramount
An important thing to remember during the transition is staying positive, especially with relatives. It’s a tough decision to make, but be supportive whether you agree with it or not once they’ve made the decision.
This transition is about your loved one — offer your support throughout. The decision to relocate is about them, and you want to ensure that your loved one is comfortable, secure, and happy in their new home.
Recognize that staying positive and empathetic are critical during the transition. Remember to visit and frequently call, especially in the first several days and weeks while the resident is still getting settled. Knowing someone is there for them can help keep them comfortable in a new environment.
Note Any Concerns Early
Many new residents have concerns about their new living arrangements and lifestyle. It’s essential to identify those concerns, such as privacy, meeting friends, daily routines, etc.
Assisted living homes often provide written materials addressing concerns, and staff should be happy to answer questions as well.
Inquire about available programs and clubs for residents. See if it’s possible to start participating before the move to meet neighbors and acclimate to the culture of the community.
Preparing for Moving Day
As with any move, it’s best to start early. Adequate preparation time can eliminate unnecessary stress.
You’ll need to decide which items are to move and which should be given away or discarded. If possible, take a look at the suite/room to gauge what there will be space for. The residence should also provide a list of suggested items to bring.
Narrowing down what to bring is a big step in the moving process. Sort items by “move,” to take with; “family,” for sentimental items to hold onto; “donate,” for functioning but non-sentimental items; and “trash.” Even if they aren’t bringing a lot with them, just a few sentimental things can go a long way in making the place feel like home.
If there are rooms in the house that don’t receive much use, start the packing and labeling there. That way, you can clear the house of items that probably won’t be needed. After that, fill up the “move” pile with rooms that are used more. Again, be sure to recognize everybody and make certain friends and family are there to help.
Many assisted living facilities have staff members to help with the moving process, especially heavy lifting. Don’t be afraid to ask. Once in the room, arrange the furniture in any way you like. This will help it feel like home.
Making the Move
Moving is always a significant change. During such a transition, one of the best things is to have loved ones around, showing their support.
If you’re a Pennsylvania resident still in the process of making your decision, consult Caring.com for a list of assisted living homes and other resources in PA. If you’re looking for added tips or a moving company to help with your transition, contact AAA Moving & Storage today for a free quote.