How to Adjust to Assisted Living

Ensuring a Smooth Move for Your Loved One

Our Guide for Families

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Moving a loved one to a senior living community is a significant transition that requires careful consideration and support. If you are planning for a loved one to move to Assisted Living in the near future, consider these tips for a smooth adjustment.

1. Arrange Visits Before the Move
Before the move, schedule visits or tours to familiarize your loved one with the community. This not only helps in decision-making but also provides reassurance and eases the transition. Familiarity breeds comfort, and these visits contribute to a smoother adjustment process.

2. Pack Thoughtfully
When packing for the move, include items that hold sentimental value or bring comfort. Familiar belongings, family photos, or cherished mementos can create a sense of continuity and make the new living space feel like home.

3. Allow for Emotional Transition
Recognize that moving to senior living is not just a physical transition but an emotional one. Allow your loved one the time to process and express their feelings. Encourage open communication and be patient as they navigate this significant life change.

4. Set Up Your Loved One’s Living Space with Care
Help organize the living space to maximize comfort and functionality. Ensure that items are easily accessible, and there’s enough room for your loved one to move freely within their apartment or suite. A well-organized living space contributes to a sense of control and familiarity.

5. Prioritize Regular Visits From the Beginning
Especially in the initial weeks, make a conscious effort to visit frequently. This helps alleviate feelings of abandonment and reinforces your ongoing support. Spending time together in the new environment also allows you to explore and engage in activities within the community.

6. Attend Social Events
Many assisted living communities organize social events throughout the year, and family members are often invited. Participating in these events not only offers opportunities for your loved one to socialize but also fosters a sense of community and connection with other residents.

Remember that moving to senior living is a significant life transition, and your support plays a crucial role in helping your loved one adjust. By incorporating these thoughtful steps into the process, you contribute to creating a positive and welcoming environment, ensuring that your loved one feels supported, comfortable, and connected in their new community.


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