Your loved one likely wants to live in their home as long as they can to keep their independence. But if you’ve noticed some signs that their quality of life is declining, it may be time to discuss future plans. This can be a difficult discussion to have with them, especially if they aren’t ready to acknowledge that they need assistance with daily living.
Fortunately, moving to assisted living can transform your loved one’s life for the better. It can help them thrive and mitigate any financial or legal issues as they continue to age. Allowing your loved one to be part of this decision-making process can help ease this transition for them and offer you peace of mind.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living communities are often confused with nursing homes, even though they couldn’t be more different. Nursing homes generally have residents who need around-the-clock care from specialized professionals. They typically have complex medical conditions and will only stay until they no longer need the constant care. The focus in nursing homes is typically on medical care, so it tends to feel more like a hospital setting.
Assisted living, however, is quite different. People who are looking into the transition to an assisted living community want to find a good place to live during a new stage in their life. They may need assistance with some daily activities such as hygiene or their mobility, but they don’t require around-the-clock care. And because they view this as a new home, their stay is much longer.
Tips to Make Moving to Assisted Living Easier
The decision to move to assisted living is not a light one, and your loved one may go through a mourning period as they adjust to a life in a new home. They may also feel that they no longer have the same level of independence. So here are some tips you can keep in mind to make their transition easier.
- Make their new home feel familiar. While you can’t fit everything they own in their new residence, having some of the essential items can make it feel more personal. Decorate the space with framed photos of the family, their favorite blanket or armchair, and familiar knick-knacks, so they can truly feel at home.
- Encourage them to be social. Social connection and relationships play an important role in your loved one’s overall health. They should make their own decisions about what activities they get involved in, but you can encourage them to try some new events so they can get to know their neighbors better and build new friendships.
- Encourage them to talk to the staff. The staff is there to help your loved one feel as comfortable and welcomed as possible. If they have questions about anything on the schedule of activities, need help adjusting their bed or are just unsure of anything, the staff will be happy to assist.
- Keep in touch. Your loved one will feel much more assured if they can see some familiar faces throughout their transition. Then, keep in touch as often as you can, either through visiting in person, calling on the phone or doing weekly video chats with them. It will go a long way in making your loved one feel comfortable and happy.
Stay Independent and Get the Right Support with Garden Plaza
If you’re considering an assisted living community for your loved one that is full of compassionate care, look no further than Garden Plaza of Florissant. Your loved one will experience a vibrant life full of both independence and the care they need. You can feel good knowing their days will be filled with stimulating activities, relaxation and healthy living. And our staff will take care of the tedious tasks of everyday housekeeping and maintenance, so your loved one can simply enjoy their best life.
Contact our team today to help your loved one experience vibrancy in their golden years.