Here at Oaks Senior Living, we know that making the transition to senior living can be stressful for you and your parent. The best way to approach this transition is just like any other major decision. Be sure to take the time to research your parent’s options and help them make an educated decision. Their needs and level of care would determine if they would be better suited for memory care, independent living, or assisted living in GA (Georgia). Once you are aware of the type of senior living that is right for your loved one, help them to downsize. Downsizing their home in advance can help them to part ways with the excess things in their life. Donating their unnecessary items to those less fortunate, charities, or your family and friends can give your parent peace knowing that they are helping others, leaving it easier to get rid of things, thus moving is easier. We also put together the following list to help keep your parent’s transition in GA to assisted living as smooth as possible.
- Make the move sooner rather than later. Don’t put off to tomorrow, what you can get done today.
- Decorate and furnish their apartment with the most cherished things from their home. When your parent sees their own décor, hopefully, it will trigger a familiarity that "this is mine," and they will feel more at home.
- Talk to the staff and let them know everything about your loved one that you can. Likes, dislikes, hates, stuff they really love, certain songs, specific memories, pictures, etc. as this can all be helpful to making your parent as comfortable as possible.
- Set up their room in the same fashion as their room was before. If they get out of their bed on the left side, make it a point that the room is set up conveniently for them to continue to get out of the bed on the left. There is no need to buy new things, their current things are what is familiar to them.
- Develop a schedule at home that fits them well and expect the community to keep that schedule.
- Visit often, listen to their needs, but also understand they may tell you everything is terrible because they want to go home. Consider the staff and let them know the things your parent is saying to get justification. Stop in at random times, without notice, to check on your loved one and ensure they are doing well in their new surroundings.
- Remember, you have done your research, made a great decision and know that your loved one will be taken care of. Ask questions that need to be asked, stay aware, but know you have a life to live and you’ve made great decisions for your loved one, even if they sometimes don’t disagree. Feeling guilty is a normal reaction, but it will get better with time. After your loved one calls their new place home for the first time, you will feel peace.
Helping your parent to make the transition to assisted living in GA, or anywhere for that matter, can be a stressful situation. However, if you do your research, help your parent prepare for the move and follow these 7 tips you should be helpful in making the move as smooth as possible. Subscribe to our blog for more tips and facts about senior living!