When your loved ones have been living alone or in the comfort of their own homes for many years, the idea of transitioning to assisted living can be intimidating. Your loved ones may get stressed, anxious and worried about what’s to come with the move. In addition, this is a new phase in life and is one of the biggest adjustments your loved ones have to make. Listed below are some ways you can make the move-in process a little easier for your loved ones, so that they’ll feel more comfortable and welcomed in the new environment.
Take a Tour of the Community
Here at Aston Gardens At The Courtyards, you can schedule a tour around our assisted living community with your loved one. By taking a tour, your loved ones can be better aware of the amenities and programs offered on-site, as well as get a feel of the overall environment. The visit also allows you to check on the cleanliness, friendliness of the caregivers and staff, and residents’ contentment. This will make the transition process go more smoothly as your loved ones can expect what are the next steps and be prepared for them.
Update All Logistics
Since your loved ones are no longer staying in their home, any logistical details have to be updated. For example, make sure that addresses on their credit cards, bank accounts or any other subscriptions are changed to their new assisted living apartments. This goes the same for ongoing services, such as the internet and cable. Do also remember to close the utility account of the previous residence to prevent any fees from accumulating.
Establish the New Living Space
Make your loved ones feel at home by styling their new living space similar to their previous home. We also recommend displaying objects of sentimental value around the apartment to evoke happy emotions in your loved ones. These objects can be pictures, gifts from friends and family members, travel souvenirs, and family heirlooms. What’s great about Aston Gardens At The Courtyards is that our apartments are already fully furnished, so all you have to do is simply re-arrange the furniture and add a personalized touch to the living space with decorations.
Get Acquainted with Neighbors and Caregivers
As your loved ones will be living in an assisted living community for a long time, it’s important for them to familiarize themselves with other people in order to grow a support system. Neighbors can be a good start as they live closely and have the potential to becoming a friend. Your loved ones can also make themselves known to the medical personnel, caregivers, and any staff members in the community. While being placed in a new social environment is always anxiety-inducing for anyone, reassure your loved ones that it’s perfectly fine to open up and step out of their comfort zone once in a while.
Participate in Events
An advantage of an assisted living community is the wide variety of events and activities offered. From taking walks to movie nights, these social activities provide an opportunity for your loved ones to mingle around and spend some time doing the things they love.