Just like going away to college or relocating to a new city, transitioning into an assisted living Milwaukee WI community involves significant changes for everyone involved. Even when you and your aging loved ones agree that moving is the best choice, it’s important to understand there will be a multitude of emotions, both positive and negative, that come along with it.
Help your parents feel more comfortable in their new home by working as a team with the staff, other family members, and the physician. Your loved ones will have a more successful and smooth transition if you remember a few steps.
Think back to your first day of grade school or your first “real” job. It may have been very intimidating for you. Not knowing anyone and being in unfamiliar surroundings is, frankly, scary. It’s the same for your seniors. It can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days for them to feel content in a different location. It may take a while to make friends, meet the staff, and get to know the daily schedule. Try not to push too hard or be unhappy that your parents need time to adjust.
What the Seniors Should Do
There are a few things that your loved ones can do for themselves to make the transition easier. First, they need to keep an open mind to change. Before moving, they should take a tour of the assisted living Milwaukee WI facility, choose the apartment or room they’d like to live in, discuss the move openly, and be sure that everyone involved understands and is prepared. If the seniors still feel anxious, they need to continue asking questions, both before and after the move.
Then, once they transition to the facility, your loved ones need to socialize. Encourage them not to hide out in their apartment all day. Making a friend or two will have a considerable effect on feeling welcome. Seniors should walk around the building and get to know their surroundings. Greeting the staff and other residents with a smile and a “hello” goes a long way.
How the Family Can Help
If your parents have been in their home for an extended time, remember that they are emotionally invested in it. Lots of lovely memories may bring out apprehension and sadness. Give them time to grieve. Also, they may feel like they’ve lost control, so allow them as many choices as possible, especially when downsizing their belongings. Let them bring lots of personal items like photos, artwork, military medals, a favorite chair, etc. to make it feel like home.
Let other family members grieve as well. They may feel guilty about not being able to care for mom and dad at home. But remember, this move is for the best. It will offer everyone the opportunity to spend quality time together as a family and not just as their caretakers. This move will enhance their lives and well-being.
Balance time together with time apart. While it’s essential to stay in touch by phone and frequently visit, encourage your loved ones to socialize and get involved with the activities at the facility. Meeting people and having fun is the best way for them to feel more welcome.
Transitioning an aging parent can bring on many emotions. Each family has a unique circumstance, but the staff at Villa St. Francis is here to help. Reserve a time and date for a tour, and we’ll be happy to show you our community and answer all of your questions. Call us today!