April 20, 2020

How to Help Seniors Move to Their Assisted Living Community

Filed under: Assisted Living — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 8:17 am

By Brooke Chaplan

Moving your senior relative into an assisted living community is a huge decision, but it can help them to maintain their independence while receiving the care they need. However, your senior may need help choosing and moving into their new apartment. Use the following tips to help your senior loved one move into their assisted living community.

Research the Community

The first thing you want to do is research the community to ensure it is right for your senior. Use the website and reviews to learn everything you can about the community. You also want to schedule a tour of the entire community to get an idea of what it is like for residents.

moving into an ALFTour the Apartment

Most assisted living communities offer studio or bedroom apartments for seniors. Once you schedule a tour of the community, be sure to check out the vacant units to ensure they are safe and comfortable for your loved one. You may find it is a good decision to move your senior into this community, and your senior may be excited to move into their new place.

Hire A Moving Company

You also want to hire a moving company to help move your senior into their new apartment. There are plenty of companies that offer local and long distance movers. When you hire a moving company for your senior, you can rest assured that their items are insured. Their items are also in the hands of responsible movers who know the proper techniques for packing, loading and unloading boxes.

Help Your Senior Downsize

If your senior is moving from a home to an apartment, they may need help downsizing their items. Use this time to help your senior go through their items to determine what they are keeping, donating and discarding. If there are items they want to keep but do not have space for right now, you can always store them in your home or a storage unit.

Help Them Get Settled

Once your senior is moved into their new unit, make several visits to help them unpack their items. If you have moved in the past, you know that unpacking is just as tiring as packing. Your senior could use an extra set of hands to help them unpack, and you can spend more time with your loved one.

Your senior is going to need assistance from their family and movers when moving into an assisted living community. The best part is you can help them move on to a new chapter of their life.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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November 7, 2019

Finding an Assisted Living Community That’s Right for You

Filed under: Assisted Living,Nursing Homes,Senior Housing — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 5:31 am

Assisted Living Search

By Brooke Chaplan

If you’ve found that, as you’ve aged, you now need assistance with your daily tasks, then an assisted living facility can be a great option for you. It will provide you with the care you need to live a fulfilling life. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you find a community that’s right for you.

Make a List of Needs

Many seniors start out by looking at the various assisted living communities and end up getting overwhelmed. Instead, start by making a list of needs. Include everything from the type of medical care that you need to the recreational activities you need in your life. When you have a list of what you’re looking for in an assisted living facility, you can better determine what facility is going to fit your needs quickly.

Set a Budget

Your assisted living care should be easily affordable for you. You should take a look at what your budget is and will be in the future. Set yourself a budget for what you can comfortably afford to pay for your cost of living, keeping in mind your retirement fund and savings. By setting your budget ahead of time, you can limit yourself to looking at facilities in your price range. If you look at facilities first, you may find yourself signing a lease for a place that you end up having trouble affording.

Take a Tour

Now, you should have a very good idea of the qualities you’re looking for in a property and what price range you can afford. Next, it’s time to get your list together of potential properties to visit. You want to take the time to tour each facility to get a feel for how it will work for you. Don’t be shy about visiting a place multiple times before you decide whether or not you want to live there.

Speak with the Current Residents

One of the best ways to get a feel for how a community will work out for you is to talk with the existing residents. See how happy they are with the assisted living facility and get some information about the daily activities that are offered for residents. You may be surprised that you can learn more from a 10-minute conversation with a resident than you’ll get from reading all the fliers about the community.

When it becomes time to move into an assisted living facility it’s likely that you’ll have a lot of questions running through your mind. Understand how to slow down and take it to step by step; this can drastically help with your overall decision on where to stay. Be sure to start by utilizing the four tips above to find an assisted living community that’s right for you.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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March 13, 2019

Tips for Helping Your Aging Parent Move into Their Senior Living Home

Filed under: Assisted Living,Downsizing,Seniors — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 10:38 am

helping aging parent move

Courtesy of Elise Morgan

Moving your parents into an assisted living home is almost never going to be an easy process, and although there are many benefits to the transition, it’s inevitable that some aspects of the change will in one way or another upset them. Oftentimes, when being moved into a senior living home, parents may feel abandoned and believe that they are losing part of their identity.

Instead of having your parents feel as though they are ending the life they have always known, ensure them that they are moving into a new chapter of their lives and make the transition as smooth as possible with the following tips.

  1. Encourage Your Parents to Participate in Community Activities

Make the transition smooth and mitigate second-guesses from your parents by introducing them to the community and encourage them to participate in the home’smoving parent to senior home activities. This should be done both before the big move and after – helping your parents make friends and get to know their way around the community.

Assisted living communities have plenty of activities for your parents to participate in, and while not all may appeal to them, some may really grab your loved ones’ attention. When residents feel as if they have a place among the community, it is bound to help their outlook on the transition and even has the possibility of making the move a little bit easier.

  1. Make it Feel Like Home

This is where they will be living from now on, so make it feel like home. Not all assisted living homes have the idea of coziness in mind when designing the rooms, so be sure to bring over any items that can help with this. Some starter ideas to vamp up their new room for comfort is to sprinkle in family pictures and to add color to the walls with new paint or to the floor with a lovely rug. To maximize their bedroom for ultimate comfort, consider bringing in their old bed that they trust, or a new one that they will love instead of the typical assisted living mattress that is not typically designed for comfort. When you prioritize their home living space, your parents will start to recognize this as their new home in no time.

  1. Show Your Parents That They Did Not Lose Their Independence

It’s hard to not feel protective over your parents as they switch to a new home, but don’t feel that you need to be with them at all times during the move. In fact, this can actually hurt their progress, as excessive ‘handholding’ could inhibit your parent from successfully adjusting to their new home. Let your parents feel as if they still have control over their own life, and let them choose their own schedule, their own friends, and other decisions that are most important to them.

  1. Prepare Yourself for Bad Days

This transition is usually not going to be a walk in the park, so prepare yourself for your parents not taking to their new home immediately. You may experience some negative comments here and there, but remember that this is an important time in their lives and that this change is only to benefit them – not hurt them. Instead of taking these negative comments or feelings personally, document them and see them as an opportunity for places of improvement to their lifestyle down the road.

Just like any transition, it will take time to integrate your parents into their new home, but stay positive and know that this way they will lead a healthier and safer lifestyle.

  1. Remember – It Will Get Easier

Even though moving your parents into their assisted living home is difficult right now, know that it will not always be this way. Soon enough, your parents will start to get used to their new lifestyle, and the more that they are involved in the community and activities, the more likely it is that they actually begin to really love it. At the end of the day, remember that you made the right choice for this situation and that you did your best during this difficult time in everyone’s lives.

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