Helping a loved one adjust to assisted living in West Seattle

Posted by Marlene Williams on Dec 23, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Helping-a-loved-one-adjust-to-assisted-living-in-West-Seattle.jpgSo, your loved one has made the decision to move to assisted living, and you want to help make the adjustment period as smooth as possible. What can you do?

At Daystar Retirement Campus, our best advice for family members is to remain positive, expect some bumps on the road, and give it time.

That said, we know that every situation is different. Some of our residents moved here after years of planning, confident in their decision to spend this phase of their life in a senior retirement community. Other residents are here because they suffered a sudden health setback and living alone was no longer an option.

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If the new resident was ambivalent about the move, the transition may take a little more time, but in any case, supportive family members can make a big difference.

Here are some tips based on a blog at United Methodist Homes for getting through those first few months:

Make it easy to continue a routine. If Mom always starts the day with a walk around the neighborhood, make a plan for her to continue that habit. Here at Daystar, we have lovely walking paths as well as a number of different exercise groups. If Dad always starts the day with coffee and a newspaper, make sure that’s a comfort he’ll be able to enjoy at his new residence as well.

Encourage new hobbies or renewing old ones. If Mom used to love to paint, now might be the time to pursue that interest in one of the weekly activity groups. Did she used to enjoy Bridge or Pinochle? Whatever her interest, the activity staff will help find a way to pursue it.

Keep the lines of communication flowing. At most assisted living facilities, residents have phones in their rooms. Make sure it’s working properly and important numbers are kept nearby. Encourage your loved one to call you and make it a habit to call yourself. Even a five-minute conversation can mean a lot.

Send flowers or special deliveries every so often. Now more than ever it’s important to let your loved one know that he or she is still in your thoughts and still cherished.

Visit regularly. This is hard if you don’t live nearby, so the advice is to visit as often as you reasonably can. Taking your loved one out to lunch or dinner, is great, but so is coming by just to hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee together. At Daystar Retirement Campus there are activities going on all the time and family members are always welcome to join in the fun.

Maintain ties to familiar surroundings. Regular trips back to the old neighborhood might help your loved one feel connected to his roots. This stage of life is often when important life review takes place, and revisiting important places in your loved one’s past can be a good way to start a conversation.

With time, patience and support, we find that even residents who are initially reluctant come to really enjoy living at Daystar Retirement Campus. Visit us today to see what we have to offer.

So, your loved one has made the decision to move to assisted living, and you want to help make the adjustment period as smooth as possible. What can you do?

At Daystar Retirement Campus, our best advice for family members is to remain positive, expect some bumps on the road, and give it time.

That said, we know that every situation is different. Some of our residents moved here after years of planning, confident in their decision to spend this phase of their life in a senior retirement community. Other residents are here because they suffered a sudden health setback and living alone was no longer an option.

If the new resident was ambivalent about the move, the transition may take a little more time, but in any case, supportive family members can make a big difference.

Here are some tips based on a blog at United Methodist Homes for getting through those first few months:

Make it easy to continue a routine. If Mom always starts the day with a walk around the neighborhood, make a plan for her to continue that habit. Here at Daystar, we have lovely walking paths as well as a number of different exercise groups. If Dad always starts the day with coffee and a newspaper, make sure that’s a comfort he’ll be able to enjoy at his new residence as well.

Encourage new hobbies or renewing old ones. If Mom used to love to paint, now might be the time to pursue that interest in one of the weekly activity groups. Did she used to enjoy Bridge or Pinochle? Whatever her interest, the activity staff will help find a way to pursue it.

Keep the lines of communication flowing. At most assisted living facilities, residents have phones in their rooms. Make sure it’s working properly and important numbers are kept nearby. Encourage your loved one to call you and make it a habit to call yourself. Even a five-minute conversation can mean a lot.

Send flowers or special deliveries every so often. Now more than ever it’s important to let your loved one know that he or she is still in your thoughts and still cherished.

Visit regularly. This is hard if you don’t live nearby, so the advice is to visit as often as you reasonably can. Taking your loved one out to lunch or dinner, is great, but so is coming by just to hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee together. At Daystar Retirement Campus there are activities going on all the time and family members are always welcome to join in the fun.

Maintain ties to familiar surroundings. Regular trips back to the old neighborhood might help your loved one feel connected to his roots. This stage of life is often when important life review takes place, and revisiting important places in your loved one’s past can be a good way to start a conversation.

With time, patience and support, we find that even residents who are initially reluctant come to really enjoy living at Daystar Retirement Campus. Visit us today to see what we have to offer.

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