After choosing an assisted living facility, with all the pertinent documents filled out and a moving date chosen, it is time to prepare for the big day. There are the usual arrangements, such as packing and securing a moving vehicle. However, there are more details to consider as well.
Assisted living means that the resident will receive care in terms of medical, therapeutic, and other daily activity assistance like meals and housekeeping. Since each resident has individual needs, it makes perfect sense that there be a plan in place before the transition into their new home. Also, it is important to remember that children of new residents have an adjustment to make. Here we can look at some of the more relevant tips for both parents and children alike.
Home is Where the Heart Is
Let’s be honest; this is no small transition. Not just for the elder, or elders, who are moving into an assisted living arrangement, but the entire family will feel the effects of the move.
There may be a great deal of history in the home our loved ones are departing, and there is a chance this same home may be the very place the children of the new resident grew up. Feelings of guilt are common. Placing a parent in assisted living is ultimately for the best, and it is a good idea to remember that an open mind is imperative. Keeping a positive perspective, along with demeanor of understanding will set the minds of both parents and children at ease.
What About My Favorite Chair?
What is great about many, if not most, assisted living homes is that residents are encouraged to bring their personal items such as furniture and furnishings. After all, this is their new home, and a favorite lamp or chair is sometimes the key to feeling comfortable. Be sure to talk about what items matter most and could be brought along.
A Plan for Every Resident
With all of the preparation and logistics of a move, it is important to remember that the assisted living facility will have requirements of the resident before their arrival. With individual care varying from person to person, a service plan must be in place so that provisions and arrangements can be made by facility administration. To get this in place, and within 14 days of acceptance to the facility, an assessment must be completed. The service plan will need regular updates and be changed as the needs of the resident change.
Rest assured, if you choose a facility like Colten Adult Care, you don’t need to worry about arranging for the assessment/service plan. We will help you take care of all of that.
A Few More Things
Lastly, but not least of all, remember that the assisted living staff is there to help you with the transition. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. This is a big deal for all involved, and this is what the facility staff is there for. Also, keep the conversation positive and flowing with parents making the move. Talk about the opportunities for new friendships and the various activities they will enjoy. Above all else, tell them that you love them.
Moving a loved one to an assisted living home can be stressful, but if you follow these tips and remember that this transition is for the best, it should make things easier. For more help and tips on moving a parent or loved on to an assisted living facility, contact Peter at Colten Adult Care today.