When you begin the process of preparing to move your aging parent out of the family home into an assisted living facility, you’re certain to experience a wide range of emotions. Are you choosing the right facility? Will they feel comfortable in their new environment? Is it even the right thing to do? Understanding the benefits of assisted living while visiting possible facilities can help you become more confident with your decision as you move into the next chapter of your family’s story.
A necessary step for many of our elderly loved ones is to move from a single-living home into senior care services. It is here they can enjoy some of their regular hobbies and day-to-day activities without feeling the burden of relying on friends or family to accommodate their increasing needs. From meals to bathing, aging imposes many challenges that are difficult for every family or adult child of an elderly person to endure without skilled assistance. It’s during these day-to-day struggles we often decide our loved ones deserve to have better treatment, care and attention placed on their specific conditions and changing lifestyles.
Before you begin seeking a new senior living facility, be aware not every community offers care for patients with specific medical conditions. For example, applicants with memory loss or dementia will be limited to senior care living homes licensed to care for these conditions. Each assisted living residence will have strict criteria for the applicants they can accommodate in their living quarters. This is for the health and safety of all residents, including your loved ones.
When it’s time to move into assisted living, there are several things the elderly and their caregivers can do to welcome their new life in a positive light:
Caregivers: Do not feel guilty about moving your loved one into a senior living home. He should actively participate in the selection of the quarters and take part in the transition. Ensure his new home has plenty of personal items and be sure to check in on your loved one as often as necessary. However, do not hinder his adjustment by “holding his hand.” Just like a child’s first day of school, he needs to fly from the nest and make some friends. It may take a few weeks or several months, but one day you’ll see him flourishing and happy in his new place of residence.
Elderly: Change is scary, but it can be equally exciting. Be open to your new environment and see this as an exciting opportunity to start over and make new friends. Socialize, share stories and make new friends because you can always keep the old ones. Be proactive instead of reactive and embrace your new, caring home.
If you’re ready for that special place to begin the next chapter of your life, please contact us so we can invite you to visit our residence in Oklahoma City, answer all of your questions and begin the process of relocation into a nurturing and respectable senior living community.