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Packing up and moving away from a home you’ve lived in for many years can be emotional, as can helping a senior loved one make such a move. When an older adult transitions to a senior living community, the change can bring many conflicting emotions. Sadness, fear, excitement, and uncertainty are just a few of the feelings seniors may find themselves experiencing.
The key to making a smooth transition is preparing for both good and bad days and setting realistic expectations for the first few months after the move.
Setting Realistic Expectations for a Transition to Senior Living
Moving to a senior living community is a major lifestyle change. Even when an older adult is excited to become a part of the community, there will likely be bumps along the way.
Our first tip is to head into this move with realistic expectations and to remember that some days will be better than others during the first few months.
Here are some additional steps that can help ease the transition:
We hope these tips help the older adult in your family settle into their new home as quickly as possible.
Listen to The Senior Caregiver Podcast
If you are searching for a senior community for an older adult in your life, you might be interested in The Senior Caregiver podcast. This episode, titled “How to Find the Right Senior Living Community,” explores the emotional side of this process and offers more tips to help with your search.