Helping your senior transition to memory care.
January 3, 2019
For many caregivers, memory care communities signal the end of something, but it doesn’t have to be seen that way. It can be a great beginning.
Strategies for smoothing out the transition
These transitions can be tough for everyone, including families and caregivers. One important thing to remember is that when everybody was considering this move, they looked at the positives and decided it would be a good move.
Shelve the guilt.
Do you feel you should shoulder all the care-giving for your loved one? That’s a tough task. Do you have kids to care for? Do you work? If it feels impossible to do everything you have to do, that may be because it is — and that’s OK. You can only do what you can do, and in fact, senior living may be better for your loved one andyou.
Help them prepare.
Who wouldn’t have tons of questions? Why not write them down? Pepper your new community with them, and if you picked the right one, they will be glad to answer. This can go a long way in helping your loved one feel more comfortable.
Decorate your loved one’s home with care.
This means using items that are old and new. Bring some of their old furniture, if appropriate, but mix in new items to remind them that new and positive things are happening.
Let them know you will be visiting often.
You’re not going to forget about your loved one, but let them know that. Establish regular times when you will visit, maybe for shopping or walking the grounds or hitting the full-service restaurant. Leave them enough time to socialize with others as well.
Encourage your loved one to try the activities and stay in touch with the staff to see how they are adjusting and to let the staff know what they like to do, so they can make suggestions.