When moving into an assisted living facility, things will feel a bit awkward at first. After all, you’re in an unusual territory with people you’ve never met who are dealing with their own issues. If you’re an introvert, it might seem as though such a transition will be more difficult.
You’re not much of a people person and like your own space. This isn’t a bad thing, though. You can still possess such traits while being healthier and happier in your new surroundings. This guide should help you become familiar with your new home and still enjoy the many benefits assisted living provides.
Keep an Open Mind
If you are hesitant to be in an assisted living center because you’re scared someone will knock on your door at random hours telling you how to do everything, don’t be. These kinds of facilities are very much about finding equitable, mutual solutions.
Being open-minded and able to decide which activities you’re most comfortable doing helps ease the process. Caregivers may suggest ideas for things to do. But, if you don’t feel like you can manage or just aren’t interested, that’s fine too. But know that they are there to have your best interests at heart and will cater activities to your comfort level and specific interests.
Express Any Privacy Concerns
When moving into any new place, asking your share of questions makes things more transparent. Being inquisitive is encouraged, especially if you’re an introvert who yearns for private time.
Senior care staff have worked with various personalities, so you may not be the first introvert they have helped. If you’re not the go-out-for-dinner type, ask if they can make alternate arrangements regarding your dining schedule. Ask about their kitchen as well so you can know when you can prepare your own meals or grab a snack on the go.
Also, ask what the policies are regarding staff communication – whether they call or email – and whether staff will knock on your door at any time. Furthermore, inquire if there is any policy regarding activities or lack of participation in them. You don’t want to engage in anything you’re not comfortable with, but staff can provide alternatives to keep you active.
Appreciate the Help
If you’re no longer able to do things like drive or cook for yourself, an assisted living community is the best choice for you. Having a caretaker look after these chores for you can actually be a blessing. It allows you to have more downtime and focus more on fun stuff or simple meditation. Plus, staff help create avenues where you can do things like exercise, garden or other activities that you were used to doing at home.
It’s hard to entrust strangers, more so if you’ve lost friends or family along the way or can’t see them as often as you’d like. But they will ensure you’ll settle into your new environment without having to do a lot of hard work.
If you’re an introvert looking for a home away from home, Colten Adult Care can provide you with just that. Visit us online and find out how we can make your assisted living experience a comfortable one.