There may come a time when a loved one’s Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia might mean they are no longer safe living on their own. While making the difficult decision to move a loved one to a memory care or assisted living facility is never easy, there are steps you can take to make the transition as smooth as possible for all parties involved.
Although there might be a lot of parts involved in the transition process, these tips will help reduce the chance of transfer trauma while reassuring you that this is the best decision you can make for them.
Talk to Them About the Move
Try to involve the family member in order to get some preferences they might have before making the move. While this might not always be possible due to advanced dementia, involving them might make them feel cared for and as if their opinion matters.
Give them just enough information so they know what is going on and don’t get taken by surprise during the move but also make sure to not overwhelm them with information either.
Avoid Overwhelming Statements
Moving to a memory care center can be a very stressful time, therefore, it is recommended not to use words that might make your loved one feel anxious or overwhelmed. Statements such as “this is your new home” or “you’re no longer safe living on your own” should be avoided as this can result in further confusion and pushback.
Research Care Providers
Before picking a memory care facility for your loved one, make sure you do plenty of research to ensure it is a good fit. If possible, visit the facility and talk to the staff, let them know about your loved one’s hobbies, interests, medications, and any special needs they should know about. Ask what type of care and amenities they provide. This will help you make an informed decision when the time comes to move in.
Plan for Moving Day
During moving day it is important to follow your loved one’s normal routine and try to make the move during their best time of the day, whether it is early in the morning or early afternoon. Avoid overwhelming your loved one by having a family member or friend take them out for the day while the movers are there. Another option might be to take them to the facility while the movers are packing everything to get them acclimated to their new surroundings sooner.
Create a Familiar Environment
Once moved in, try your best to create a familiar environment for your loved one. Decorating their room with their favorite belongings will make them feel more at ease about the move. Additionally, place pictures of family and friends all around to increase their sense of security and belonging.
Set Up Visiting Times
Finally, after the move has been completed, make sure you keep in touch and set up family visits. Whether this be in person or virtually it is important to stay connected especially during the transition period. Encourage friends and family to do the same to provide plenty of support.
Memory Care at South Coast Post Acute
South Coast Post Acute is one of Southern California’s top-tier post-acute facilities with a specialty in memory care. Our memory care services are designed to engage with patients going through dementia in a safe and healthy environment. To achieve this, we focus on three aspects of care: diet, customized medications, and effective care techniques. Contact us today to learn more.