Assisted living is a long-term care option that combines housing, assistance, and care on an as-needed basis. While the transition from private residence to an assisted senior living community can be difficult, it is a transition that can place your loved one in a better frame of mind and health.
Oaks Senior Living assisted living communities are designed for seniors who want to maintain an energetic lifestyle, but require help with the activities of daily living. Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of the transition to assisted senior living so that you can make it a smooth experience for everyone involved.
When is the Right Time?
Answering this question is entirely situational; the right time for another family, may not make sense for yours. However, if you notice the senior in your life is having difficulty completing routine tasks, it may be time to start the conversation. While family caregivers may be a solution, as care needs change or additional attention is required, it may not be the best solution for long-term care.
If you are worried about a parent or loved one, you should inform them of your concerns and ask them what they think about a potential transition to assisted living. While some may be open to the idea, others may need more convincing before concluding.
At Oaks Senior Living, our approach to assisted living differs. We are proud to offer a “Person-Centered Lifestyle,” which satisfies the unique desires and needs of residents and encourages independence and personal choice to ensure all residents enjoy the highest quality of life possible.
Choosing the Right Community
The first part of transitioning to an assisted senior living community is finding your loved one’s perfect community. You should ask your parent or loved one what they are looking for in a community.
- Close to family?
- Salon/barbershop on-site?
- Specific activity/group offered?
Taking the time for this initial research is essential, as communities have different approaches to care and amenities. You want to make sure you are finding a community that meets all of your loved one’s requirements while providing the highest level of care possible.
Show Your Support
Moving can be hard; in fact, it’s listed as one of the top stressful events in life. Giving your loved one kind words of encouragement and support may help the transition.
One of the biggest concerns for residents of an assisted living community is maintaining their independence. It’s important to remind them of the benefits, as well as all the things they will still be able to do on their own.
Visiting will also help smooth the transition, as it reminds them that their new home still allows them to be connected to their family and friends.
Personalize Their Space
While it can be difficult to downsize, especially if your parent or loved one is used to a large space, placing personal items around their senior apartment will make it feel like home. Family photos and mementos will be a constant reminder to your parent or loved one that, although they’re in a new space, the memories they’ve created will continue.
Take Advantage of the Community
Encouraging your loved one to participate in community events and activities may help foster the feeling of a genuine community and allow them to experience the value of an assisted senior living community.
If you are seeking an assisted senior living community, Oaks Senior Living provides every resident care that is tailored towards their compatibility and choice to help foster a lasting partnership. We honor personal choice, provide a sense of purpose, celebrate uniqueness and strengths, and enable meaningful relationships through engaging activities. If you would like to schedule a tour of one of our communities throughout Georgia, we invite you to discover which Oaks Senior Living community is perfect for your loved one!