Moving at any time in your life is stressful, but it is especially stressful for an aging loved one. There are many emotions tied to leaving their home, depending on family and an assisted living staff, and in most cases, downsizing. However, there are ways you can help. In honor of Stress Awareness Month, the Choice Health Management team has come up with eight easy tips to keep stress low when moving your loved one into an assisted living facility.
- Get measurements – know and plan for the space your loved one is moving into. Consider creating a blueprint of where furniture and belongings will fit in the space.
- Take photos – another great idea is taking photos of the space. It can be difficult to remember exactly where the windows are, where the bathroom is and where doors are located. This will also help your loved one familiarize themselves with the space before they get there.
- Label belongings – labeling belongings, including clothing, can be extremely helpful for the facility staff as well as your loved one. This way, they won’t fear losing items in the move.
- Schedule, schedule, schedule – create a calendar that includes the facilities activity schedule as well as a schedule of family and friends that plan to visit in the coming weeks. This will allow your loved one to anticipate these events each week.
- Be positive – try to keep all comments positive and find a way to turn your loved ones negative observations into positive ones.
- Listen – if your loved one has concerns or fears, allow them to voice these and be a loving ear for them.
- Be lighthearted – tell stories, give ideas and talk about loved ones to keep the mood light.
- Don’t rush – allow yourself plenty of time to help your loved one and do not rush them in the moving process as this can add unnecessary stress to the day(s).
We know this transition can be hard on the family, and we want to do everything we can to make you and your loved one comfortable at our facilities. Call us today, and let us know how we can help!