When we found out that my mom was experiencing signs of dementia, we didn't take the news lightly. We were concerned about her well-being, and I knew that she couldn't keep living on her own. To keep her safe, I decided to enroll her in a nursing home that specialized in mental health care. She was concerned about the change at first, but as soon as she moved in, she only had positive things to say about her new digs. She loved the ability to get in touch with doctors the same day, and she was even able to make a few friends along the way. This blog is all about keeping your parents safe, happy and healthy.
If your mother has agreed to moved into an assisted living facility because she has limited mobility and you would like to support her in her decision and help her transition from a life of independence into one that is filled with new acquaintances and unfamiliar surroundings, make the most of the situation and help your mother adapt by trying the options that follow.
Provide Information About The Facility And Meet With The Director
After your mother has chosen a senior care facility that interests her, acquire information about the facility that will help your mother learn about the building's layout, the staff members, and the activities that are offered. Literature that includes color photographs and detailed descriptions of the facility will help your loved one familiarize herself with her future home and may help her positively anticipate the impending move.
Make an appointment for you and your mother to meet with the assisted living facility's director so that any questions that either of you have can be addressed and so that the director will be provided with a brief history of your mother's life and the care requirements that are needed for her to maintain a healthy and happy life in her new surroundings.
Help Your Mother Pack And Purchase Housewarming Items
Help your mother pack her belongings and dispose of items that she no longer wants. If your loved one owns a lot of furnishings and collectibles and cannot bare to part with them, offer to store items in your home that she is not going to be bringing with her to the facility. Tell your mother that she can take her time deciding what she would like to do with the belongings so that she won't feel pressured into letting the items go until she is ready to.
Purchase some housewarming items for your mom that will help make her new living area comfortable and cozy. A new bedding set, framed artwork, or a potpourri holder will help personalize your mom's new home and may remind her of you whenever she uses or looks at the items.
Spend Time At The Facility And Help Your Mother Learn The Ropes
On the day that your mom is due to move into the assisted living facility, offer to transport your loved one to the facility and help her move into her new living quarters. Arrange your mom's belongings inside of her room and ask the facility's director for a daily schedule. Walk through the facility with your mom so that she can practice finding her way through the building.
Introduce yourself and your loved one to others. After your mother is settled in, let her know that you will be spending time with her on a routine basis. Set aside time each week to stop by the facility and check in on your mom and spend time talking to her about what has been going on in one another's life.