When your loved one transitions to assisted living, it can be a challenging time for them emotionally. However, with a little help from you, this process can go more smoothly, positively affecting their mental and physical well-being. Below are some ways you can assist.
How to Make the Adjustment to Assisted Living Easier for Your Loved One
1. Bring Their Belongings
While the apartment space may be limited and sometimes comes with its own furniture, check with the staff about what you can bring. Wall art, decor, trinkets, and sentimental objects from your loved one's home can usually be brought and displayed in their room so their surroundings retain some familiarity and comfort. If they have a favorite chair or desk, you may be able to bring that, too, depending on the size of the room.
2. Visit Them
Visit your loved one as often as possible, and encourage others to do the same. Family visits can often be high points for those in senior communities, as it gives them something to look forward to and shows that you love them. When you visit, try to plan activities, such as crafts, reading, going to lunch, or watching a new movie.
3. Stay Connected
For when you can't visit, make sure your loved one has access to a phone, laptop, or tablet, and program your number and family numbers into it. You could also set them up with a social media account to help them reconnect with old friends and see photos and videos of their family. Additionally, the devices can be used for entertainment by downloading streaming apps or games.
4. Schedule a Tour First
Touring the assisted living facility with your loved one before committing to it allows them to get a feel for the environment, meet some of the staff, and talk to other residents so they can decide if it seems suitable. It also allows you to do the same, determining if the senior services offered suit your loved one's needs. Finally, this gives your loved one a measure of control over the decision, which is important to their independence and peace of mind.
If your loved one is ready to transition to assisted living, Timberland Village is part of the Bethany Life continuum in Story City, IA, and is a friendly and comfortable community for them. Since 1914, they’ve provided personalized nursing care services, including memory care, assisted and independent living, and respite care. Their amenities also include spacious communal areas, a full-service salon, religious spaces, and on-site banking. Learn more about their offerings online, and call (515) 733-6500 to arrange a tour.