Making the decision to move to senior living isn’t an easy one, and it’s even more difficult to actually make the move as well.
Though assisted living and senior care facilities have many benefits to offer, especially for those who need help with day-to-day activities, the transition can be quite difficult for some folks. Having spent all their lives at home with their families, managing their daily lives themselves, it becomes difficult to adjust to senior living.
However, there are ways to manage this transition.
Write Down Details
Before the move itself, it’s a good idea to write down any important details or notes. It’s best to keep a notebook dedicated to this so no information goes missing. This means that all checklists, schedules and contact information should be in one place so that if you ever need these, you will have them on hand. This is especially helpful for folks who have memory trouble. Having a checklist will make sure your move goes smoothly.
Keep all your important documents in one place. This is extremely important because if these things go missing, you will have a lot of trouble – not just at the senior care home, but also in other aspects of your life. Get your caretaker to help you gather all documents like medical records, wills, social security card, etc., in one place so that once you make the move, you will not lose anything.
The move itself can be difficult emotionally. As you go through your material possessions, you will likely find things that you’ve held on to for long periods of time due to their sentimental value. Take your time to go through them since they will undoubtedly bring fond memories, and you may feel very emotional.
Go through it slowly, so you can make the decision on what to keep and what you can give away with careful thought. You don’t want to have any regrets around them. Try to go through them everyday so you don’t have to rush near the moving date, though.
This falls in line with the checklist you should have made at the start. Keeping a list helps you make sure that you are bringing everything you need to bring with you to your new home. Be careful with packing so that fragile items do not break during the process.
Visit the senior care home you’ll be moving into a few times before you actually move in. Try and get to know people there so that when you do eventually move in, you’ll have some familiar faces around you and feel more relaxed.
It’s better to attend some social events as well, so you can get to know fellow residents and make friends. Moving into a new place is difficult, but having people around you to make you feel at ease can do wonders. The change is easier to accept when you feel that you are not alone.
Inspirit Senior Living Care does our best to make sure all our residents are comfortable and happy. If you or your loved one are looking into senior care, Inspirit is the best choice for you!