Older adults may find it hard to leave the home they’ve lived in for years when transitioning to assisted living. Some of them may have other worries on their minds, such as which belongings to bring with them and what to leave behind. Understandably, all these factors can lead to anxiety about transitioning to assisted living.
Whether you are the one making the move or have an elderly family member who is doing so, read on to find out some top tips to help you survive the move.
Involve Your Loved One in the Process
Between juggling your work and other commitments, you may neglect to include your elderly loved one in the decisions regarding their move. This can lead to them feeling anxious and stressed when not knowing what to expect. Every step of the way, make sure that you get your elderly parent’s input. After all, they are the ones who will be most directly affected by the move.
For instance, you may ask them if they have a preferred date and time to make the move and what they wish to do with the belongings they are leaving behind. Unless your loved one has a health or mobility condition that prevents them from getting involved, allow them to make as many decisions as possible.
Have a Plan
Without a proper plan, things can get a little chaotic on moving in day. While you may pack and send some boxes ahead of your arrival, always make sure that your loved one has what they need for the first night. This includes essential such as a change of clothing, towels, cleaning products and trash bags. You may also want to bring your kettle along with you instead of sending it ahead so that your loved one can enjoy a nice cup of tea after settling in.
If there’s anything that your loved one wishes to decorate their new home with, make sure to bring those in the car as well. This can include photographs, ornaments, or anything else with sentimental value. Having a plan will help to reduce the sense of anxiety your loved one feels and allow the move to go more smoothly.
Respect Your Loved One’s Choices
Your loved one may have decided to give pass down items they no longer need to you or your children. Or are they donating any unwanted items? Maybe they wish to organize a yard sale.
If you are helping a loved one to sort through their belongings, always remember to respect their choices as much as possible as there are some things you may not know about their most cherished possessions. An item that you think should be thrown away may actually carry huge sentimental value for your loved one. You should work closely together to determine which items are necessary to bring, which ones to give away, and which ones to throw.
Once you have arrived at your loved one’s new apartment home, take the time to help them set out their essential items and have a cup of tea before leaving!