As the world continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, many senior living communities such as Discovery Commons At Wildewood are quick to adapt to provide necessary care for our residents without disrupting much of their everyday lives. If your loved ones are planning to move into an assisted living community, we understand that you have concerns. While moving during such challenging times is no easy feat and brings about a great deal of stress on both sides, it’s not impossible to achieve a seamless transition. Therefore, in this article, we have provided a few tips and tricks on how to allow your loved ones to have an easy transition to assisted living.
Doesn’t Hurt to Ask Questions
They say curiosity killed the cat. However, in this case, it’s better to be curious and ask questions. As we’re in uncertain times, many rules are constantly changing and regulations to adhere to based on the various cities or states. In order to avoid unnecessary difficulties, do ask your local representatives or staff from the senior living community about these processes. Do my loved ones have to be quarantined before and after entering the community? Does the senior living community provide vaccinations? What are the measures to ensure the safety and health of my loved ones? These are just some of the questions you can enquire.
Have a Detailed Floor Plan
By moving into a senior living community, your loved ones will be transitioning from a bigger house to a smaller apartment, which means they will have to downsize. Downsizing can be a challenging process for your loved ones as they have already grown attached to certain objects and don’t wish to let go. Regardless, there are many ways you can make the downsizing process a little easier for your loved ones. To know which objects to bring and what to throw out, enquire about the dimensions and measurements of the apartment your loved ones will be moving into. This ensures that you and your loved ones can make accurate decisions concerning their new living space.
Install Video Chat Applications
Over the past year, many people have relied on video chat applications such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype to communicate with friends and family members. While social distancing rules have eased in some cities and states, some families may not be able to travel out and meet their loved ones, especially if they live far apart. Considering that older adults may face trouble setting up technological applications, you can help them install these video chat platforms on their phone or laptop before moving into a senior living community.
Make the New Living Space Feel Familiar
Don’t underestimate the power of decorative items or knick-knacks as they can make the new living space more homely. Here at Discovery Commons At Wildewood, our apartments are already fully furnished, so your loved ones can immediately settle down upon moving into our senior living community. However, in order to make the transition more seamless, we recommend placing their favorite objects around the apartment to evoke nostalgia. These objects can be artworks, family photos, or any cherished items that bring about good memories.