Duncan McRae House

129 South US 221 Mt Vernon, GA 30445
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Duncan McRae House

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Moving into an assisted living facility involves major changes in an elderly person’s life. Once you and your aging parents have decided that moving to an assisted living facility is the best choice for them, it is important to fully understand the changes involved with helping your parent feel comfortable in their new home.

For the transition to be successful, the senior’s family and/or caregiver, their doctor and the assisted living staff should work as a team. The caring staff from The Duncan McRae House in Mt. Vernon Ga. offers valuable expertise in creating a smooth and successful transition.

When elders move into an assisted living facility, the lack of familiarity with both the environment and the other residents can be quite intimidating. Adjustment can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days. It is crucial during this time period that your aging parent takes all possible measures to adjust to their new home. Here are a few things seniors can do:

Keep an open mind
This is absolutely imperative. Since the move into assisted living requires change and adjustment, seniors are more likely to adapt well if they understand and prepare for this.

Socialize
There is nothing worse than for a new resident to be holed up in their room all day long. When moving into a new place, making acquaintances and friends can make all the difference in the world; it can help make a new house feel like a home.

Ask questions
With all of the changes involved, new residents should ask the staff any questions that come to mind. If they are unsure about something, they should ask us– that’s why we are here!

The role of the family and caregiver in adjusting..

What about the elder’s family? What is their role when an elderly parent moves to Assisted Living? The caregiver needs to adjust to this change, too. It is important to keep these things in mind:

Don’t feel guilty
Very often, family members can feel guilt about placing loved ones into assisted living. Guilt will do no good because the move was ultimately for the best. If a family member feels guilt, they should remember that the move to assisted living will benefit their elderly parent’s health and well-being.

Keep in touch
The caregiver also plays a vital role in their aging parent’s successful transition to assisted living. When visiting is not possible, family members can keep in contact with both their parent and the assisted living staff. They should make sure that their parents are socializing and getting involved in the community. When visits are possible, caregivers can even attend activities with their parents to ensure that they are meeting new people.

Don’t hold their hand
Although it is important to visit and/or call to monitor the status of the transition, family members that visit too often can inhibit some of the senior’s independence. Spending time with family is important, but if all of the senior’s time during the transition period is spent with family, they will not be making new friends and getting involved in the community like they should. As a result, don’t hold your parent’s hand too much. Give them space to adjust to their new home on their own.

Bring personal items
In order to make the elder’s new residence feel like a home, bringing personal items is necessary. Bring items that have personal meaning, including pictures, knick-knacks, medals, etc.

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 8:36 pm and is filed under assisted living. You can leave a comment and follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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