How to Transition to Assisted Living

When considering the option to put your loved one in assisted living, it is imperative to consider that these people are about to leave their home. Making the transition is quite intimidating, being the most critical adjustments a senior has to make in their golden years. It is usual for them to feel anxious and worried, but if you prepare them well for the transition, it can be a swift activity that comes at no surprise and is welcomed. You can also consult the professionals working at the facility and the caregivers involved to develop effective ways of transitioning to assisted living.

Ways of Preparing Your Loved One For Assisted Living

After making that final decision to join assisted living, the first and most crucial step is identifying the right community for you. This can be achieved through deeply researching different facilities and making an effort to tour them. By doing this, you will be able to tick several boxes of what’s available and what isn’t available such as; amenities, dining, social environment, and the general living feel of the location. It is also advisable to ask the caregivers and staff any questions you might have as you assess the level of friendliness and general cleanliness.

Familiarizing yourself with the cost of staying at an assisted living facility is the second step since different facilities offer different pricing models. There are two models usually used by assisted living facilities: The first one is all-inclusive pricing, and the other is levels of care pricing, which cater to different types of care. Some of these facilities still have the capability to be flexible so that you can negotiate for a better rate.

Categorizing the most appropriate and affordable community should be followed by scheduled visits not less than two times before moving in. These visits should allow you to explore the campus and relate with the residents already residing there. Your loved one can also participate in community social events such as dining, among others, and also prepare for a plan while they are at the facility.

Checking whether the facility offers packing services goes a long way in ensuring that the transition is smooth. You create a list of things you wouldn’t want to forget, such as toiletries, clothing, medication, furniture, and bedding. After ensuring you have all the essentials, you can plan to take care of the more essential items.

The last and most vital is preparing for the emotional transition involved since you will be leaving half your life behind to start elsewhere. You can dot him by taking advantage of social circles such as friends, family, spiritual guides, and other people you feel close.

The Need for Assisted Support 

Getting adjusted to your new environment is a process; having the best team to help you stay comfortable and engaged is essential. Knowing your neighbors, caregivers, staff, and spending time with your loved one will give you a smooth transition without feeling left out.