My mother and I recently decided it would be best for her to move to an assisted living community. Her mobility has declined considerably, and we feel they will be able to help her with her everyday activities.
This is our first time going through this process. I want it to go as smoothly as possible, but I have no idea where to start.
How can I prepare my mother for an easier transition to assisted living?
Carly in Saline, M
Making a Smooth Transition to Assisted Living
Many family members find it difficult to help their loved ones transition to an assisted living community. For most of them, it’s not something they’ve ever done, which makes it difficult to know where to begin.
Here are 5 things to do to make the transition to assisted living easier for your mother.
- Select a Realistic Move-In Date
The first thing you should do is help your mother select an official move-in date. Select a date that gives you plenty of time to pack, clean, and downsize as needed.
Having an official move-in date will give you a timeframe of exactly how long you have to prepare. From there, you can begin to plan when tasks need to be done to keep you on track.
- Get the Measurements of Your Mother’s New Space
Finding out how much space she has will help you determine how much she can keep. If possible, try to get a printed copy of the floor plan. This way, you can plan exactly where everything is going to go. On move-in day, you will be thankful you did this when you can tell the movers exactly where to put everything.
- Start Organizing Early
Organizing is often the most challenging and time-consuming task. For that reason, you want to start early.
The space your mother will be moving into is most likely going to be smaller than her current space. This will require her to downsize.
Don’t forget to organize important papers and documents. Here are a few documents you will want to gather:
- Driver’s license
- Care registration
- Credit cards
- Bank, retirement, and investment account information
- Medicare and Social Security information
- Get Estimates From Moving Companies
After you settle on a date for the move to assisted living, start getting quotes from moving companies. Once you find a company you like, schedule your appointment immediately. Reputable moving companies often have pretty busy schedules!
- Schedule Dates for Utilities to be Turned Off or Transferred
A few weeks before her move-in date, help her start to tackle her home services. Call and schedule times for utility companies to disconnect her phone, cable, internet, electricity, gas, water, and any other recurring services. Have her mail, newspaper, and magazine subscriptions forwarded to her new home.
The Most Important Thing You Can Do Is Be There
The most important thing you can do to help a senior loved one transition to assisted living is to be there. Physically help them pack belongings, listen to their concerns, and talk them through their hesitations
Moving can be stressful for anyone. After all, it is a major life transition. Heritage Senior Communities, including our Linden Square Assisted Living location, provides support to make the transition to assisted living easier for seniors and their families. Contact us for more information.
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