The First Few Weeks of Assisted Living are an Adjustment for Everyone
After any move, there is a period of adjustment. When the move involves a senior moving into assisted living, the adjustment is a little harder. The first few weeks after moving into assisted living are a critical time.
At Adult Care Advisors, we know how to help families find assisted living. Our services include connecting you and the senior you care about with the communities that can provide the services they need.
The following elder care advice can help families who are coping with the change:
- Your seniors will settle in more easily if they have time to adjust to the thought of moving into assisted living prior to the move. Taking them to the assisted living community ahead of their move gives them time to visit with others living there and learn their way around. They can also attend some events to know what’s available to them after the move.
- Try to find out where your loved one will be eating and who they will be sitting with may make the transition more comfortable for them.
- Once the move occurs, check in with your senior more often during the first few weeks. They may be feeling lonely and a little out of sorts—all normal emotions after a move; but talking it through and encouraging them to interact with others will help.
- Over time, your senior should adapt to the often dynamic and fun environment of their assisted living community, make a few friends, and create a routine. When that happens, you can worry less about how they are doing and feel confident they have adjusted to the change.
- Speak to the activities coordinator to see what activities will be offered on certain days so you can discuss participation with your loved one.
- If there is a welcome committee, arrange to have them meet with your loved one.
Don’t struggle to find the right assisted living community. At Adult Care Advisors, we can make the task simple by connecting you with those that fit your needs and lifestyle.
Get in touch with our team of adult care consultants today.