Top Tips on Transitioning Into Assisted Living
Updated: Jul 27, 2021
1. Communicate with the House Manager
Once you are moving your loved one in, please work extremely close with the house manager to ensure a smooth move-in process. The house manager should be your advocate and fiduciary throughout this process. They have done this many times before. Allow them to guide you. Communication is key.
There is a ton of paperwork that needs to be signed over by the Physician(s). So making sure all of the orders and medications are correct and listed are very important.
Communicate with the house Manager what items they will need from the Physician(s) before you go to the Doctors office, so that you don’t have to go back for items that the assisted living home may need to intake your loved one.
2. Communicate to the staff about your loved one's needs
Once your loved one has moved in, make sure to communicate to the staff about your loved one, their preferences, how they like to live day to day, and just an overview of who they are.
Providing as much information about your loved to the staff is key in helping the staff to connect with your loved one and helping them with a smooth transition.
The staff should have a genuine interest in getting to know your loved one.
3. Frequent visits
For some folks, frequent visits from family members can be the factor that helps them easing their way into the community. Do not allow communities to tell you that they need a “2 week grace period” of not visiting so that your loved one can get adjusted.
Everyone is different, and while this approach may be great for some, that does not mean it’s great for all.
Determine if your loved one would appreciate frequent visits at the time of move-in, or if they would like to acclimate to the community for a week or two, before you start visiting.
Moving into an assisted living community is often times seen as the “beginning of the end” for many. This is usually not the case. Many residents thrive once they are in a great community. They make friends with others, participate in stimulating and engaging daily activities, and have a team to care and love for them 24/7.
Originally posted on desertgardensassistedliving.com