At Front Porch of Bowdon, we have over two decades of experience to draw from, moving thousands of residents into our communities. We know this transition may not always be easy, but we have several helpful tips to help your family move your loved one into an assisted living or memory care community smoothly.
Shop for a Community Together. If possible, involve your loved one in the selection of an assisted living community. Keep them focused on the future and the excitement of new friends, a new home, and an opportunity to relax from the stresses of homeownership. The more they take part in the choice of their new home, the more comfortable they will be with the decision.
Hire Resources to Help. Invest in a moving company to help with the details and stress of moving, so you can focus on the emotional needs. Find a moving company that specializes in this type of move. Or hire a professional organizer who can help your family with decluttering and downsizing their home to take only what will fit into the new space.
Give It Time. Keep a positive attitude and use encouraging language when you are together. Staying upbeat may be hard for you, and it’s difficult to hear that your parent is unhappy. But if they can no longer live on their own, this is the best solution to keep them healthy, safe, and in the company of others. Give them some time to adjust and know that you are doing the right thing. Patience is key.
Visit Often. Studies have shown that family contact is one of the strongest predictors of satisfaction and happiness for seniors in assisted living communities. Family involvement has been linked to lower mortality, less hospitalization, and earlier hospital discharge in a study of those living in long-term care.
Finding New Friends. Staff will be particularly careful to introduce a new resident to other residents who they think are like-minded. They ensure that they do not sit alone at meals. Our staff is diligent in making sure residents are up in the morning, groomed, and ready for breakfast with a table to sit at. We know that making a new friend can positively impact their attitude toward a community.
Engage in Activities. At Front Porch of Bowdon, our Life Enrichment directors play a key role in encouraging new residents to attend activities. Walking into a room of unfamiliar faces can be intimidating, often caregivers will accompany new residents to activities to help them find their way around the community. Not everyone is a social butterfly, but everyone wants to feel welcome and included. Activities are a terrific way for new residents to meet their neighbors in a comfortable setting and get involved in hobbies, art, games, or exercise that they are interested in. Activities are also helpful to set up a daily routine.
Keep Familiar Objects. Surround your loved one with familiar and comforting objects in their new home. Respect and honor their past with family photos and their most prized treasures. Think about the design of their new home and how you will decorate their assisted living or memory care apartment to make them comfortable.
Take Photos to Remember. If your loved one or parent is moving from a family home, your family members may be attached to the house and feeling sentimental about the move too. Take pictures of their old home to remind them what it looks like. Pose for a group photo on the front steps and frame it for their new apartment, and keep one for yourself.
Health Issues or Depression. Anyone might react negatively to a new situation if they don’t feel well or are in pain. At Front Porch of Bowdon, our health services directors monitor the health and well-being of all our residents carefully. If a new resident is not adjusting well to the move, they will make sure there isn’t any underlying health issue or depression that might be causing them discomfort. We will make sure that they get extra staff attention, feel supported, and health issues are treated appropriately.
Keep Some Things the Same. There are many opportunities to keep some things the same in their lives. For example, while at Front Porch of Bowdon, your loved one can keep the same doctor. Many Front Porch of Bowdon communities offer a visiting medical provider for convenience, but they are welcome to keep a physician familiar with them. We provide transportation to and from appointments. Also, the community is their home. They are welcome to have visitors—lunch with old friends, play dates with the grandchildren, or dinner with their children. Familiar plans, tasks, and company can help them better adjust to their new surroundings.