As we age, we tend to like things to remain the same. In general, change is often resisted by retirement age individuals. They may find it frustrating and upsetting. Unfortunately, change may be exactly what is needed if your loved one is having more and more difficulty caring for themselves. It might be time to have a talk with them about residing in an assisted living community.
Though they may reject the concept at first, if you can help them to make assisted living feel like home, there’s a better chance for all parties concerned to be happier and healthier. But how is this accomplished?
We were going to offer some tips that could prove useful in helping your loved one make their assisted living residence feel just like home sweet home.
Gather Handmade Pictures, Books, and Other Items
You may wish to collect and store awards, books, and favorite pictures. For their new residence, they’ll likely want to hold onto at least a few of these, however. If you store the extras at your residence, they always have the option of changing things up down the road.
Bring Their Pillows and Bedsheets
Bedding is extremely personal and in a strange environment, it can be very comforting to sleep in the bedding you’re used to. Even if your loved one doesn’t specifically request this, you might want to consider it. It could end up being something they wish they had asked for – and you’ll have it available.
Bring Favorite Pieces of Furniture
While you may not be able to bring all of your loved one’s furniture with them (due to space restrictions), give them the option of choosing a few absolute favorite pieces of furniture to take along. This could be a dresser, grandfather clock, or favorite chair from which to watch sports or game shows.
Store Sentimental Valuables in a Safe Place
As just suggested, spatial restrictions may not allow for an entire household to be transferred from your loved one’s current home to their new assisted living residence. While taking their most favorite items will be of comfort to them and provide them with the furniture they need, there will be leftovers that probably can’t go to thrift stores or rummage sales.
If pieces are particularly sentimental, but there is just no room for them in the new residence, your loved one will feel better knowing that they are stored in a safe place. Bank deposit boxes can fit the bill in some instances, but larger storage capacity may be needed for other items.
Get Personal Belongings Together
What pieces does your loved one feel most strongly about? What kinds of personal belongings will help them feel like this new residence is home sweet home? Help them understand that not every sentimental piece can be included in the new residence because things needed on a daily basis must be accommodated first.
Our CarePlus Assisted Living Program Feels Like Home Sweet Home
Once you’ve taken to heart the above-mentioned tips and introduced your loved one to our Assisted Living Community, it’s time to check out our residential layouts. We offer a couple of options including the following:
- Wildewood – This suite has a divider that runs approximately down the center. The divider can be used to designate either a bedroom and living space or two separate bedrooms. There is a kitchenette, full bathroom, and closet space.
- Lakewood – This suite is based on an entirely open concept so the resident can do as they please with the considerable space available. There is a kitchenette, full bathroom, and closet space.
Contact us today. To discuss sales and leasing, please phone us at 325-238-6944. Any other inquiries can be directed to someone at 325-793-1144. We also have a convenient online form you can use to start a conversation with us.
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