2/23/2021

Helping Seniors Adjust to a New Living Environment

As we are all creatures of habit, moving into a new living environment can be a huge stressor on our loved ones. Here are a few tips to help ease into this transition and even find the excitement it will bring:

Visit the Community Before Moving in

Just like choosing a college, showing your loved one around the campus prior to making the decision and moving into their new home can help put everyone at ease. This baseline familiarity will reduce uncertainty as to where things are located and how to best navigate the community.

Surround Your Loved One with Personal Belongings 

Often times residents are limited to a few items, so go through your loved one’s most prized possessions for their new home. Choose items that have happy memories associated with them, and items that will help make your loved one even more comfortable in their new setting.

Befriend the Staff

Explain your concerns about your loved one’s medical conditions or social skills to staff members. Once the staff understands your loved one’s needs, they can better care for their physical and mental health.

Schedule Regular Visits

Keep a schedule and stick to it! This can help your loved one adjust to this major lifestyle change and by visiting regularly, they have something to look forward to. In addition to visits, consider sending your loved one cards or letters, or even a care package to let them know you’re thinking of them!

Encourage Life Within the Facility

Although outside friends, family, and habits help maintain balance and structure, encourage your loved one to appreciate all of the programs and activities within the facility. Taking advantage of new opportunities can spark new passions and experiences that your loved one may have never thought they would uncover.


Prayer

Loving and Provident God, you are the one who grants us the days of our lives and fills them with your loving care. We praise you for the many years and countless blessings that you have given. Strengthen us with the reminder that our days are in your hands and our purpose in this life comes from you. Fill our minds and hearts with thankful thoughts, pleasant memories and quiet contentment. Your grace alone is enough for us. Amen.