Making The Move Into Assisted Living
It’s amazing the amount of things we can collect over a lifetime. There are some among us who are real pack rats it comes to saving every little item that comes your way. On some level this is why hesitate when it comes to making the move: this is just too much stuff to pack up! However, if you and your family have reached the decision that someone you care about needs to make the transition into assisted living then this is going to be time for major move. The type of approach you’ll take to this move will make all the difference between a stressful day or a smooth operation. In order to facilitate an easy and effective move into assisted living you might consider utilizing the following steps.
Step 1: Embrace the concept of “keep it, toss it or donate it.” These should be the only three choices with regard to the disposition any item. If you also know exactly size of the new apartment at the system living facility then the “keep it” boxes should be appropriate size.
Step 2: Begin by packing up the rooms that are no longer used in the house. Chances are these are the extra bedrooms or storage areas where belongings have piled up over the years. Among these forgotten items will be all the stuff that will be easier to get rid of.
Step 3: Have a special box for photos and mementos. This should actually be the first box you unpack at the assisted living facility. By arranging these items right away you’ll be creating that homey in new living space.
Step 4: Plan to spend moving day with your loved one on both sides of the situation. Give them time to say goodbye to their old place and spend as much time as you can that first night in the new environment at the assisted living facility. Those first couple of days will take a lot to get used to and the more support they can get from you and other family members the better off they’ll be.
Step 5: Keep your senior loved one connected by providing a cell phone or even laptop computer for them. Many assisted living facilities are very much part of the modern age and have Wi-Fi available. They even offer computer lessons for the residents. If they are able to understand then there is no reason why your loved one can still be involved in any financial decisions made on their behalf.
Step 6: Make sure you get the television hooked up. A continuation of the simple things in life like being able to watch our favorite programs can mean a lot to ease the stress for a senior that is moving in to a new environment.
Step 7: Whenever possible have family or friends for the actual moving. Since you are essentially downsizing it should be easier to pull together the family to help with the move. Your loved one is going to be meeting a lot of new folks in the coming days. The more familiar the faces the better off things might just go.
If you’ve already gone through the experience of helping a loved one make the move into an assisted living facility would love to hear your story. Sharing those experiences can mean so much to family that’s going through the same situation.