When to Move to a Senior Living Community

March 31, 2015

Winter temperatures are breaking, the birds are beginning to chirp, and the flowers are about to sprout. With warm weather comes change. Like the flower blooming after the bitter cold, we sprout from our houses to experience life again.

Many seniors feel an attachment to their house. Yet as the seasons of life change, the house can grow into a hard-to-handle burden. These changes lead to a few reasons a senior may decide it is time to move to a senior living community:

Loss of a spouse or social contacts – When a spouse passes away, a house can become a place of loneliness and isolation.

To be closer to family and friends – Neighbors change much more often these days, and long time friends no longer visit often because they are not driving as much.

Maintain health and independence – A house can be a trap for many seniors. Maintaining a house is strenuous, and once easy-to-maneuver obstacles such as stairs become a hazard.

Cost Savings – Seniors who never downsized find they are paying taxes and upkeep on two to three bedrooms more than what they need.

When living in a situation, it’s hard to see a problem at hand. Many people need assistance, whether it’s help understanding better options or help with making the transition. Because selling a home can seem like an overwhelming task, Lexington Square offers free resources to help seniors make the transition of moving into a senior living community as easy as possible.

How to Support a Loved One’s Transition To A Senior Living Community

Transitioning to a senior living community can be filled with mixed emotions from everyone involved. It’s stressful and difficult for seniors to accept that they need more help with daily activities. They often feel a sense of loss, whether it be experiencing loss of independence, loss of a home, or loss of the ability to perform basic tasks.

It’s best to respect these new emotions, and be sympathetic to their situation; fear of the unknown can intensify emotions they have. Over time, as seniors adjust, these emotions often turn to joy and excitement as they experience how beneficial community life can be. Here are a few tips on how you and your loved one can make a smooth transition.

Get Acclimated: Bring your loved one into the community a couple of times before moving. Learn about the resources to help them adjust to the community. Encourage them to participate in activities, talk to other residents, and meet the staff.

Privacy And Independence: A good community enables residents to be who they are. However, a resident’s apartment is their space and the resident sets the rules of when to enjoy company or just enjoy some alone time.

Ensuring Familiarity: Once a community is selected, it is time to begin planning the move. This includes deciding what personal items to bring. A room should feel as familiar as possible to help ease the senior’s transition into the community. Bring furniture, souvenirs, and photographs of loved ones. Any good community should be more than helpful when making this decision.

Keep In Touch: Visiting your loved one regularly is crucially important during the early stages of their transition. Many people find they understand their loved on a deeper level after being relieved of the responsibility of being the main caregiver.

The time leading up to a move is often fraught with questions. Is a move really necessary at this time? Will we get the help and care from the staff when we need it? Will my loved one like the other residents and make new friends?

The answer to all these questions is yes. For seniors looking for a change, or those who are unable to return to a normal way of life, spring is a good time to begin a new chapter.

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