Moving is one of the most stressful life changes anyone can go through. While moving to a new home is the beginning of a new adventure, it also signals the end of one of life’s chapters. For many seniors, moving to assisted living in Oklahoma City is especially emotional. Assisted living communities in OKC offer residents many perks and benefits, but they also signal the loss of some degree of independence. Depending on your loved one’s personality, that fact could require a minor or major adjustment period. The more you educate yourself about what to expect, the more equipped you’ll be to help your loved one transition into assisted living.
Consider yourself lucky if the person you are helping transition to assisted living fits into the following categories. They’ll probably adjust quickly.
Realists who understand they could benefit from help and know it will make their life more enjoyable.
Extroverts who miss being around people and socializing with others.
Easily adaptable types who are accustomed to changes and try to find the positive in any situation they find themselves in.
People who value perks and amenities. Having meals prepared for them, not having to do housework and having access to well-appointed common areas is more appealing than what many seniors living independently have at home.
If your aging parent is in denial about his or her limitations, expect to encounter resistance to the idea of moving to assisted living. If they are more introverted and sincerely don’t crave social interaction, they may fear being forced to mingle with other residents. If your senior parent doesn’t react well to change, fear of the unknown can be scary. In these cases, it is more important than ever to devote plenty of time and effort to help your loved one transition into assisted living. You may become exasperated by the negativity and constant “what if” questions. It’s important to set aside those feelings and vow to be supportive, upbeat and reassuring. The more friends and relatives you can enlist to help, the better.
The decision to move a loved one to assisted living is often difficult, as is choosing the ideal option from the many fine assisted living communities in OKC. If you’re looking for a high-quality facility that’s surprisingly affordable, we encourage you to contact us at Village at Oakwood. We would love to show you and your loved one around!
If you are facing backlash from your aging loved one about moving into assisted living, we invite you to make an appointment to meet with our staff. We can give you guidance and pointers, gleaned from many years of experience to help make the transition as painless as possible. Each of our residents is different. Some approached their move to Village at Oakwood enthusiastically, while others approached it begrudgingly. The good news is eventually all resident settle in, become comfortable and truly feel that they are home. If you’re struggling with a relative who is fighting the idea of moving to assisted living, rest assured positivity and reason will eventually win over even the biggest skeptics.