Your loved ones have been used to living in their own home. Most of the time, they are given the freedom to enjoy what they love doing, even if it means living on their own. However, at some point, moving into assisted living is called for. When this happens, expect some resistance from them. In order to convince them to make a shift, here are tips you must bear in mind.
Choosing a retirement community is not just yours to make. After all, you will not be the person moving into that community. Your loved ones’ opinions matter, and their decision plays a major role when making a choice. In order to encourage them to make the move, give them the liberty to choose what they want for their home – from choosing decors and furnishings to deciding what clothes to wear during the move. Things like that will make them happy and give them the power to exercise independence, at the very least.
Don’t Get Tired About It
Most especially when it comes to the fact that you may hear their questions over and over again. Be patient when answering them, making sure there is no hint of irritation coming out of your tone. Be open with discussions, because they are part of everything. Listen to what they have to say about the entire idea.
Pay A Visit to the Community
The first visit may bring some feelings of awkwardness and hesitation, and that is normal. If you cannot get things in one go, that does not mean the community is not for them. You can visit the same community several times. When doing so, take time to get feedback from residents about the amenities included in the assisted living community. Get to know the team members that assist them with their needs. Expect lots of questions from your loved ones each time you make a visit.
Spend Time on Moving Day
This is a difficult time for them, and we know that it is the same thing for you. If you want to make sure you made the right decision, be there to observe them on their first day. Free moving day from any of your regular work. Make time so that you will understand how they feel. It is not a happy day, but at least you can wear a smile on your face knowing that you have supported your loved ones’ choice, and that you were part of the transition. Reassure them that you are just one call away no matter what happens.
Make it Feel Like Home
You are not sending them off to a hotel for a vacation. This is where they will live for the next few months or years. It is a new home and environment, and they deserve to feel that it is indeed a place where they will find comfort. Allow them to bring memories of home, most especially framed pictures of the entire family that will go on their tables or hang on their walls.
Keep your emotions in check as you transition your loved one into assisted living. Never show signs of hesitation, and follow the tips above to make everything successful.