Moving to Senior Care: Settling in

It’s difficult to admit that you need help with something at any stage in life, but when it comes to accepting that your independence is starting to come with a lot more risks and dangers, it can be a monumental task – regardless of if it’s yourself or a loved one who may soon need some form of care or assistance.

Of course, each individual case will vary massively, but there are some rather general pieces of advice, tips, and tricks which can help you to adjust to the change.

  • Keep an open mind – the next few months will be extremely unpredictable, so it’s best to understand and prepare for a myriad of scenarios.  You may not like the first few homes you visit, or you may find the perfectly one immediately, you/a loved one may settle in well, or may not – you just never know.
  • Ask questions – don’t feel guilty for asking caregivers, other staff, or loved ones dozens of questions – no matter how minor you feel as though they may  be. The transition from independent living to receiving care is often very unsettling, so doing your utmost to feel reassured is important.
  • Bring personal items – regardless of if it’s yourself or a loved one moving into senior care, it’s always a nice idea to bring personal or sentimental items with you. It could be pictures, souvenirs – anything you feel as though will make your new residence feel like home.
  • Socialize – socialisation with staff members and other residents is key to feeling better whilst adjusting to senior care. There’s nothing worse for a new resident than for them to be holed up in their room constantly.  However, this can be a tad daunting. A good idea is for family members or loved ones to help the person in care start to socialize and make friends – perhaps socialize with them the first few times, or accompany them to meals, etc.
  • Don’t feel guilty –  this only really applies if you’re placing a loved one into senior care, but you have to remember that this move was with your best intentions in mind. It’s the best thing to do regarding health and well being for both parties – so please don’t forget that.
  • Keep in touch –  again, this applies to those of you who must place a loved one into care. It’s important to pay plenty of visit in the first few weeks of care,  to give as much support as you possibly can. At the same time, it’s important to try and refrain from visiting too much as it can often inhibit the person in care’s independence, of which they will be trying to maintain.
Settling into care can be a difficult process for many, but it’s ultimately worth it, and there’ll always be support along the way. If you need any further help with yourself or a loved one settling into senior care, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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