While change is difficult for people of all ages, deviating from the status quo seems to become even more taxing as we get older and more set in our ways. Yet it’s often our elders who are forced to make the most dramatic lifestyle changes. One example is downsizing to assisted living from a family home or condominium. Not only do our loved ones have to leave the familiar environments they are used to, but they must also accept the fact that advancing age and/or increasing health needs necessitate this move.
Tips for Making an Assisted Living Apartment Feel Like Home: Moving to an assisted living facility (ALF) is a lot to ask of an aging loved one. Most seniors wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes surrounded by memories and personal belongings. But when their care needs increase, the safety, assistance, and social interaction that assisted living communities offer usually prevail over a senior’s desire for familiarity. This transition is challenging for both seniors and their family caregivers, but a few simple steps can help a loved one feel more at peace with the idea of the move and ease into their new home.
Respect Their Perspective: It’s important to understand that your thoughts on this transition are likely very different from those of your aging loved one. You see this move as a positive change that will provide your parent(s) with nutritious meals, on-site care services, social opportunities, transportation, and much more. But to your parent(s), this move represents ...
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