You have dreaded thinking about the day your parent or a family member will move into the selected memory care community. Now, the time has finally come for your loved one to make the move. Your loved one would most likely be feeling emotional. There might be lots of fear and anxiety too; being displaced from one’s home is never an easy pill to swallow. What would the future bring? What if they cannot adapt well in their new home? There are several things you can do to make your loved one’s transition to memory care a smooth one.
Understand the Need for Memory Care
If your family member or loved one has dementia, it is important to help them understand the level of care that they need. It would also be helpful if your loved one can come to terms with their condition. You need to help them understand the nature of their disease so they can accept that having professional care in a memory care community will be the most beneficial living arrangement for them.
Our loved one will likely experience feelings of insecurity and might even think that we no longer love them. Spend time with them and provide them with lots of assurance. Make a pact with them and let them know how often you’ll visit them when they are in memory care.
Be Frank with Your Family Member
It is best to have heart-to-heart talks with your loved ones about their move to memory care. Let them know what to expect and give them as much details as possible about their move. Discuss the pros and cons of being in memory care with them and where possible, do get your loved one’s doctor to weigh in on their current medical condition so they can understand how memory care will benefit them.
Involve Your Loved One in the Memory Care Selection
Your family member or loved one should be involved in any decision making from day one. Bring them along to visit the memory care facilities and tour the grounds with them. Once they have selected their preferred memory care community, bring them to visit the place often and provide opportunities for interacting with the staff and residents before they move in. Getting to know the area, learning how the residents live, and communicating with the staff and residents is the best way to get to help them establish a sense of familiarity with the place. This will help them to overcome or cope with the fear of the unknown.
Tour Our Grounds at Discovery Village At Tampa Palms
At Discovery Village At Tampa Palms, we have a secure memory care community for dementia and Alzheimer’s residents. Our SHINE® Memory Care curriculum has gained nationwide recognition for excellence in memory care. With our proven track record, we are your most reliable memory care community in Florida. We warmly invite you and your loved ones to meet our staff and tour our beautiful grounds. We can even arrange for your loved one to experience what it’s like to be our resident for a day! Learn more about our memory care program today.