Whether you are making the decision for yourself or a loved one, transitioning to senior living is a major decision that impacts the entire family. You may be in relatively good health and physical condition but wish to benefit from the safe and welcoming environment a senior living community can provide, or you may require assistance with tasks of daily living. Regardless of the reason you or your loved one are making the move, here are some tips to help the family with the transitional period.
Starting the Conversation about Senior Living
Sometimes, it can be the case that you are unable to provide the level of care your loved one requires from home, or that paying for at-home care is getting too expensive. When that’s the case, you may experience guilt when exploring alternative care options for your loved one, but always remember that any decision made in their best interests is a good one.
If your loved one is against the idea or feels that they are a burden to you, you will want to be patient and non-confrontational. Answer any questions they may have honestly, and suggest accompanying them on a tour of the senior living community so they can have a say in their own care and living arrangements. Most importantly, reassure them that nothing has changed in your relationship, and you will always be there to support them.
Wrapping Things Up
After having lived in the same place for years and making lots of happy memories in your home, you may feel reluctant to part with it. However, keep in mind that the change you are making is a positive one, not a sad one. If you need to sell your home in order to finance senior living, the choice is a practical one as well and can be seen as a stepping stone towards a new phase in your life.
If your loved one needs some help with transitioning emotionally, or they are worried that family will no longer have a place to gather if they sell their home, reassure them that things don’t have to change. Visitors are always welcome at Aston Gardens At The Courtyards, and our private dining rooms are the perfect place for family get-togethers.
Making the Move to A Retirement Community
You have decided to make the move, and moving day is finally here! One thing many new residents struggle with is what to bring with them and what to leave behind. This is especially true if they are going to be selling or renting out their homes. To make the process less stressful, you may want to enlist the help of loved ones. After you have sorted out the items you absolutely must keep, allow your friends and family members to take their pick from the items you are leaving behind before donating the rest.
Once that is done, you can look forward to making your new apartment feel like home! From putting up photographs that hold memories for you to ensuring that your furniture is arranged comfortably, you can start enjoying your new life in senior living without worries.