Preparing Your Loved One for Assisted Living

Moving your loved one into an assisted living community may be the very best thing you could do for them, especially when dementia or memory loss are part of the equation. At the same time, it will probably be the most difficult thing you will ever do. Even so, there are basic preparations you can take that will make the transition as smooth as possible for you, your loved one and the whole family.

Initiate a Discussion about Assisted Living

Agemark Prep AssistedMake sure to talk openly about what is going on before taking any actions. Be candid about your reasons for thinking assisted living is the right move, and share all the concerns you have about your loved one’s health – as well as what could happen unless changes are made. Your loved one may have some concerns and hesitations; listen to those, and be empathetic. 

At CountryHouse, our philosophy of care focuses on creating moments of joy.

Do not just have this conversation between the two of you, or even just amongst members of your family: Get their physician, other care providers and staff members from CountryHouse involved too.

Here at CountryHouse, we love getting to know our residents even before they are ready to move in and are happy to spend all the time necessary to befriend them, introduce them to our staff and other residents, and learn about their wishes, needs and desires.

Explore and Identify the Right Assisted Living

It is important to choose the assisted living community that is right for you and your family. Not all communities are created equal, and you will want to be certain that you are selecting the one that will properly address the needs of your loved one. Visit CountryHouse, meet other residents and family members, and share your concerns and questions with our staff. Ask about security, socialization, programming, meal services, wheelchair accessibility, visiting policies, transportation services and anything else that is important to you and to your loved one.

In addition, pay attention to your first impressions. How do the staff members make you feel? Are they friendly and professional? Observe how staff members interact with residents. Are they patient, attentive and kind? What does the building look like – is it clean? Is it well organized and thoughtfully laid out? Is the atmosphere calm and reassuring? What activities are going on – and are residents engaged? What kind of outdoor space is available to residents? Ask to see an activity calendar – is there a good variety of activities? In particular, inquire about our innovative LifeCycles program, and about our ongoing commitment to the full body-and-mind health of each resident.

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Ask About an Assisted Living Advisor

To ensure a smooth transition, it may help to consult with an experienced assisted living advisor. The advisor will be able to provide educational resources to you and your loved one, tell you what to expect, and guide you through the right steps to take with the ultimate goal of helping you and your loved one feel perfectly at home here. CountryHouse’s advisors can provide whatever is needed, even tips about what to bring or recommendations for a mover or other professional service. Before, during, and after the transition, the staff at CountryHouse is happy to assist with whatever you need. We also provide ongoing educational resources throughout the process; we encourage family members to take advantage of our Virtual Dementia Tour, the ongoing Coffee Club conversations, caregiver support services, and more.

How CountryHouse Can Help

The decision to move into an assisted living community is a big one. We understand the stress, feelings of guilt, uncertainty, and sadness that most families struggle with, and we are here to educate, comfort, support and ultimately help you feel confident in the decision you make. We will do everything we can to make your loved one feel at home at CountryHouse. Contact us today to learn more.

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