5 WAYS TO HELP MOM AND DAD TRANSITION TO A SENIOR CARE FACILITY
If you’ve seen a decline in your parent’s cognitive or physical abilities or there has been a massive shift in their medical condition, there is cause to be worried about their welfare. Assisted living facilities are an excellent choice for seniors who can no longer live on their own. Given the changing needs of the elderly, these facilities provide different levels of personal care, from independent living to full-time nursing care- all at various costs. (Related Article: THINK YOU CAN’T AFFORD A PLACE FOR MOM? HERE ARE 5 OPTIONS TO LOOK INTO)
Wonder how to prepare your parents for the transition from their home to an elder care facility? Consider these suggestions.
1. Conduct Open Discussions
Open discussion with family is an essential first step if you are trying to move your parents to a new living environment. Family meetings with siblings, spouses, parents, and other important people will aid in facilitating the process by encouraging everyone to share their views- including how best to move and settle them. Active communication is the primary building block of a strong support system for the family.
2. Discuss the Level of Care Your Parents Need
As your loved ones age, their care needs will evolve. In most instances, these needs become complicated. It’s essential to develop a clear strategy for providing them with care, which requires practicability as well as planning. Perhaps you can consult a geriatric care manager to help you in considering the options that will work best for your parent’s health, preferences, and budget. At this point, you should assess whether your parents need constant supervision or not.
3. Consider the Family Dynamics
Families have a rich historical experience. Many of your feelings, positive or negative, will play a key role in deciding if your parents should be relocated. Be open about how you feel and consider being honest with yourself. Don’t allow unresolved conflicts to pressure you into dealing with more than you can handle. Be realistic about the changes that moving your parents will bring into your life. Come to terms with the disagreements you’ve had and involve those who need to be helping to make decisions.
4. Assist in the Packing
Packing your parent’s stuff should not be complicated. Help them to prioritize what they should bring to their next home. When this step is complete, start to think of how you’ll transport some of the most treasured items. Remember that moving to the senior living assisted care facility can be emotional, particularly for parents that have spent their lives in one home for a significant time. For that reason, you should provide a gentle structure to assist your parents to select what they will carry to their new home.
Ultimately what a senior needs to bring with them from home to facility largely depends on their needs- as well as the objects they treasure.
5. After the Move, Help Your Parents Stay Active
Moving into a new senior assisted living care home can be a lonely, frightening experience- especially if your parent will be living by themselves. It’s essential to invest time into the first few weeks with them to help them settle in comfortably.
Moving a loved one to a senior living care facility is not easy but, with careful planning, you’ll manage to settle them in successfully.
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