Tips for Moving Into Assisted or Independent Living
Transitioning to assisted or independent living is a significant life event for both the individual moving and their family members. It marks the beginning of a new chapter that, while offering more support and care, also brings a wave of changes and adjustments. We’d like to offer some guidance for all parties to make this transition as smooth as possible.
For the Individual Moving In
Embrace the change: Accepting the move as a positive step can help in adapting more quickly to the new environment. Remember, this is a place designed to offer comfort, care, and a community of peers.
Personalize your space: Bring items from home that hold sentimental value. Familiar objects like photos, a favorite chair, artwork, or a cherished blanket can transform a new space into your own comfortable haven.
Get involved: Participate in the activities and social events organized by the facility. It’s an excellent way to meet new people, build friendships, and maintain an active lifestyle. There may be a resident council.
Communicate your needs: Don’t hesitate to communicate your preferences and needs with the staff. They are there to help you and make your life easier and more comfortable.
Stay connected with family: Regular visits and calls with family and friends can help maintain those important relationships and ease feelings of loneliness or isolation.
For Family Members
Be supportive: Understand that this transition can be emotionally challenging. Offer your support and empathy to help your loved one cope with the change.
Regular visits: Make an effort to visit often. Your presence can greatly help your loved one adjust and feel connected to their previous lifestyle.
Involve them in decisions: Remember that your loved one is still their own person. Moving into a facility may be a financial or medical necessity, but they should still be involved in decisions about their move and care.
Learn about the facility: Familiarize yourself with the facility, its staff, and the services offered. This knowledge can be reassuring for both you and your loved one.
Stay informed: Keep in regular contact with the facility’s staff to stay updated on your loved one’s well-being and any changes in their care plan. All Alden facilities have Facebook pages and newsletters so family members can follow along with the activities and events.
Seek support for yourself: Recognize that this can be a challenging time for you as well. Seek support from friends, family, or support groups who understand what you’re going through.
While moving into assisted living is a significant adjustment, it can also be a positive step towards a safer and more fulfilling lifestyle. With the right mindset, support, and involvement, both the individual moving in and their family can navigate this transition successfully, paving the way for a comfortable and enriching experience in their new home.