Change is often difficult for people of all ages. So it’s not surprising that seniors who are moving from their home into an assisted living community typically encounter some degree of difficulty adjusting to their new surroundings. If you and your parents have decided it’s time to make the move to assisted living, there are a number of strategies you can put in place to ease the transition and help them feel comfortable in their new home.
It’s important to first consider the typical challenges your mom or dad may be facing. Some of the difficult aspects of a move to assisted living can include:
- The need to downsize significantly, often from a single family home to a modest apartment
- Having to adjust into a new routine, such as meals served at specific times of the day
- Feelings of abandonment
- Frustration surrounding a perceived loss of independence.
Of course, many seniors have no trouble at all adjusting to assisted living and take to it from day one. Even those who find the transition difficult usually adapt quickly and come to recognize the many benefits of their new home. For instance, most residents are greatly relieved to be rid of housekeeping and home maintenance chores.