Easing the Adjustment to Assisted Living

happy elderly womanIf an older adult you love has recently made a move to a Colorado assisted living community, you may be a little unsure of your role in their transition. Coming to visit too often may prevent them from exploring their new home and meeting their neighbors. On the other hand, if you don’t visit at all, they may feel lonely and abandoned. For children who live further away, figuring out how the transition is really going can be even more challenging.

To help families find their way during this time, we’ve pulled together a few suggestions based on our years of experience:

  1. Have a daily phone check in during the early weeks. Combine that with a few in-person visits each week if you live close enough to manage it. Allowing your parent or senior loved one the time they need to find their own way without feeling as if you’ve deserted them is important.

  2. Review the assisted living community’s life enrichment calendar to look for programs and clubs your loved one might be interested in joining. If they are a little hesitant about going alone, talk with the Life Enrichment Director for advice. They will likely know of another resident who could invite your parent to attend with them.

  3. Join your family member for lunch or dinner. If you have children or grandchildren, it might be fun to include them as well. It will allow you a chance to see how well they are doing getting to know their neighbors while giving your parent a chance to show off their family.

  4. Take time to get to know the staff at the community. Building relationships with the people that will care for your family member is important. Demonstrating a genuine interest in them will let them know you see them as a valuable part of your loved one’s life.

  5. If you live out-of-town or aren’t able to visit in person as much as you would like to, consider employing the services of a geriatric care manager. Families who have senior loved ones in the Ft. Collins and Larimer areas turn to professionals like us to be their eyes and ears when they can’t be there to check on an aging family member.

  6. Be patient with your parent or senior loved one. It may take time to settle in. There will likely be good days and some not so good days. Helping them cope with the emotions of a new home takes time and patience.

We hope these tips will assist you in supporting your senior loved one as they settle into their new life. If you are trying to help them organize their important information now that they are in a new home, our Planning Guide is a free tool you may find to be of help.

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