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Making the Switch to Assisted Living

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When a person can no longer live on their own you must think of the best way to take care of them. Luckily, there are places such as assisted living communities that can help take care of your loved ones while still allowing them to live as they would on their own. This type of change can be hard on everyone involved, but there are ways to make the move a bit easier.

Talk Openly

Waiting until a loved one can no longer live on their own is not the ideal time to talk about assisted living. This discussion should happen long before they would need it so they can have the time to really think about it. If the decision to move into assisted living is sudden, bring up the topic in a respectful and non-demanding manner. Have an open conversation about it and let them know that this is the best option for letting them live independently, but with help readily available at all times.

Find the Perfect Place

One of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing an assisted living community is being able to find one that offers a wide range of amenities. One with doctors, medication management, a wellness department for physical health, social events, a dining room with healthy food, etc. It’s also just as important to live in a community with a positive, independent, and fun outlook so your loved one can feel comfortable and happy at all times.

Independence

Moving into a new community, no matter your age, can be a lonely and tough time in the beginning. Once your loved one has moved in it is important to visit them as you normally would have in the past. Visiting less can lead to loneliness and depression, and visiting too much can hinder their want for new friends and independence. Finding a good balance and maintaining a positive attitude will help your loved one with this new change.

No big change in life comes without a period of adjustment. Hopefully these tips will help you and your loved one make the switch to assisted living easier. If you’re looking for more information on assisted living communities, contact The Arbors Assisted Living in one of our five convenient locations!

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