August 20th, 2019
Helping your loved one make the move to senior living can feel like an overwhelming task. What should your loved one bring? What items can they put into storage or sell? How will they feel during this time of change?
Here are four tips that will help answer these questions, make the move as easy (and enjoyable!) as possible and assist with a more seamless transition.
1. Plan Effectively
First, you need to know the space you are moving your loved one into. What are the dimensions of the rooms? What is the layout? This information will help you determine what to bring, what to leave behind and what (if anything) to buy new.
To get a feel for your loved one’s new apartment, reach out to the community. They will be able to answer any questions you may have and get you the information you need (and likely provide a few moving tips of their own)
2. Be Considerate Of Downsizing
Helping mom or dad downsize can feel like a daunting process for any family. One tip: Make a plan for downsizing far in advance so that your parent has plenty of time to decide what they want to take with them.
Keep in mind: For some seniors, it can feel as though they’re having to rid themselves of the items they’ve had their entire lives. Give them time, allow them to reminisce and let them play a key role in deciding what to bring with them into their new space.
3. Enlist The Help Of Others
It takes a village to move, so inquire a team of family members, friends and even professional movers to help with packing, the actual moving process and other helpful tasks. Support doesn’t just including packing and cleaning — assistance can also come in the form of home-cooked dinners, for example, that fall to the wayside during times of big change.
4. Be There For Your Parent
Once your loved one is settled in, remember that it takes time to adjust to a senior living community. You’ll likely play a major role in helping your parent get acclimated, so for the first month or so, visits may be more frequent as your loved one becomes familiar with the community and meets other residents.
Interested In Learning More?
If you’re interested in learning more about transitioning to senior living, determining which type of community is the best fit is a great place to begin. Take our survey here to get started.