You are your parent’s best resource
Throughout this sensitive process of finding the right care center or housing for your loved one, you have a golden opportunity to make mom or dad’s transition a positive experience by:
- Including your parent in all discussions and letting him/her make as many choices and decisions as possible.
- Listening to all concerns and, if you don’t know the answers, consult with a community staff member who can help calm worries or fears.
- Visiting often and encouraging calls, cards, and visits from other friends and family members. This is especially important soon after the move when surroundings and fellow residents are still new and unfamiliar.
Considering a major life change may, at times, seem like an overwhelming process. As you and your parent move through this transition, it may be helpful to focus on the knowledge that most residents in senior housing not only adapt well to their new lives, but blossom, benefiting from the freedom from responsibilities and the escape from the loneliness that they may have experienced on their own.