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when to move to assisted living

Making the Right Choice For Your Loved One: When to Move to Assisted Living

One of the hardest decisions in life can be to figure out when is the best time to consider assisted living for your family member.

You can be torn into several directions when it comes to weighing the factors of their condition, and the opinions of other family members.

At The Kensington Reston, we sympathize with you and understand the heaviness that this choice can bring, and we are here to help you through the process.

Our promise is to love and care for your family as we do our own.

Signs it may be time for assisted living for your loved one

Perhaps you’re already considering assisted living due to your caregiving capacity or other reasons. But sometimes your loved one will show signs that it’s time to affirm your decision.

Some of the most common signs you should consider assisted living for your loved one include the following.

Difficulty with daily activities

If your loved one struggles with basic tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, or managing medications, it may be time to consider assisted living.

When their care needs become too much, continuing to do it all yourself can lead to caregiver burnout.

A community would offer personalized assistance to ensure your loved one’s needs are met while promoting independence and dignity.

Cognitive decline

Memory loss, confusion, and impaired judgment can make it challenging for your loved one to live safely alone.

Assisted living communities can provide specialized care and supervision for individuals with cognitive impairments, creating a secure and supportive environment.

Social isolation and loneliness

Living alone can lead to loneliness and social withdrawal, which can have detrimental effects on mental and physical health, especially for seniors.

More than one in three older adults reveal they feel a loss of companionship as they age.

Assisted living communities provide a social atmosphere with opportunities for residents to engage in activities, make new friends, and maintain an active lifestyle.

Mobility challenges

If your loved one experiences difficulty with mobility, navigating stairs, or getting around their home safely, an assisted living community can provide accessibility features and assistance to ensure their safety and independence.

Neglected household maintenance

If you notice that your loved one’s home is becoming unkempt or neglected, it may be a sign that they are struggling to keep up with household chores and maintenance tasks.

Frequent falls or injuries

Falls can be a significant risk for older adults, and frequent occurrences may indicate the need for additional supervision and support.

How do you tell a parent it’s time for assisted living?

Discussing the possibility of moving to an assisted living community with your loved one can be emotionally charged, especially when it’s your parent.

It’s essential to approach this conversation with empathy, patience, and understanding. Consider the following tips before diving into the conversation.

Listen and Validate Concerns

Allow your loved one to express their feelings and concerns openly.

Validate their emotions and reassure them that their well-being and happiness are your primary concerns.

Highlight the benefits

Emphasize the advantages of assisted living, such as:

  • Increased socialization and activities
  • Safety and security
  • Access to professional care and support
  • The ability to maintain independence while receiving care as needed

Be patient and understanding

This is a significant life transition, and your loved one may need time to process the information and come to terms with the idea.

Listen to them to understand throughout the process, and avoid rushing them into a decision.

Why you should involve other family members

Deciding to move a loved one into an assisted living community is a significant and often emotional process that can have a profound impact on the entire family.

By including other family members, you can consider their unique perspectives, insights, and experiences, which can be invaluable in evaluating the situation objectively.

Each person may notice different signs or have distinct concerns, and by openly discussing these, you can gain a more in-depth understanding of your loved one’s needs and potential solutions.

Having the support of other family members can alleviate feelings of isolation or burden, and can help to address any reservations or doubts that may arise during this emotional journey.

How long does it take for someone to adjust to assisted living?

The adjustment period can vary from person to person. In the first few weeks, it’s natural for residents to feel anxious or experience sadness about leaving their homes.

However, most seniors adjust within 30-90 days as they settle into their new routine, surroundings, and community of peers.

Here are some tips to help make the transition smoother

Involve them in the process

Include your loved one in the decision-making process when choosing an assisted living community. This will help them feel more in control and invested in the transition.

Personalize their living space

Encourage your loved one to bring familiar items, such as photos, artwork, or cherished mementos, to help them feel more at home in their new living space. Bring some favorite plants or flowers to make the space feel more like home.

Engage with the community

Encourage them to participate in social activities and events within the assisted living community. This will help them build connections, form new friendships, and feel part of the community.

Seek support

Reaching out to community members, support groups, or counselors can provide valuable guidance and emotional support during the adjustment period for both your loved one and your family.

Top-tier assisted living for your loved one at The Kensington Reston

At The Kensington Reston, our team understands the challenges and emotions associated with transitioning to an assisted living community.

We offer a warm and welcoming environment, personalized care plans, engaging activities, and a vibrant community that promotes independence, socialization, and overall well-being.

If you or your loved ones are considering the transition to assisted living, we encourage you to experience The Kensington Reston firsthand.

Schedule a personalized tour of our community today and witness the exceptional care, engaging amenities, and support we provide.

Our dedicated team will be honored to answer your questions, address your concerns, and guide you through this significant decision with compassion and expertise.

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