And moving to assisted living often involves a few more high-stress situations, such as downsizing or selling the family home.
For some seniors, this move represents the next chapter of life, which is full of new opportunities, relationships, and adventures. But for others, leaving their home and making a move to an assisted living community can be very difficult, which makes the process stressful for many caregivers, too.
Regardless of your loved one’s attitudes,
they’ll need your support and patience through this transition.
Planning for downsizing days alleviates stress, and your positivity and understanding will make the process easier and more enjoyable for both of you.
This guide will offer advice on how to be supportive and efficient as you and your loved ones manage this major life event.
You’ll learn how to:
Start the decluttering process and how to use it as an opportunity for you both to talk about memories, reminisce about family activities or relatives, and to acknowledge your emotions
Find a real estate agent who is familiar with the unique challenges that may occur selling a senior’s home
Stage the home well to prospective buyers so your loved ones can get the best possible return on their investment
Partner with the assisted living community to plan the physical move
Make their new residence feel like home
Help your loved one transition to care and adjust to their new surroundings
Although the time it takes to transition is different for everyone, the keys to success are the same: Preparation, a positive attitude, a supportive network of family and friends, and patience and understanding will prepare you for a smooth transition.