When your loved one transitions into an assisted living facility, they may experience challenges that arise within their first couple of days through their first year. It is normal for any senior to experience a challenge here or there especially since they are moving into a new environment.
Consider the following common challenges seniors face when transitioning to assisted living:
A loss of independence.
One of the biggest challenges is the feeling of a loss of independence. While this is not true, it is common for seniors who are new to the assisted living environment to feel as though they are giving up their life or that they have surrendered themselves.
To overcome this challenge, it is important for you to speak with your loved one and let them know that their life has not changed much other than where they live. They will still be able to do the things they love, make their own food, and live their own life. The biggest difference between an assisted living facility and home life is that your loved one will be receiving care when they need it.
Adjusting to their new life.
Another common challenge that the elderly face is adjusting to their new life. Your family member must understand that they live in a community now and they are not alone. It is common for your loved one to feel as though they are lonely even though they are not. Some need time to get used to the changes from having their meals cooked to living in a smaller area. It does take time, but they will be able to overcome it and adjust.
Understanding change in their bodies.
Lastly, the elderly are often faced with challenges when it comes to changes that happen in their body. Some residents experience outbursts and they do not want to accept the changes. This is normal and it is important for you to listen and reassure them that they are in the best place for this.
It is important for you to provide the support needed to help your family member get through this time. It is best for you to go along with your loved one to tour the facilities. You need to make sure that your loved one’s needs can be met with ease. Comprehensive Home Care can provide guidance during this time. Contact us here or call us at 704.333.5214.