Moving to an assisted living home can be very traumatic, not only for the individual who is moving, but also for the caregiver and the family. Expect moving day to be difficult no matter how carefully you’ve planned for it.

There are several things that can make the transition go more smoothly.

   Plan ahead. Become acquainted with the home. Get to know the staff and the daily schedule of the home, what activities are planned, how a care plan works.

   Personalize their room before moving day. Decorate with personal items such as pictures, a favorite chair, lamp, etc. Bring favorite clothing, books, familiar items to provide reassurance.

   Choose the right time for the move. Try to arrange the time for the move during your elder’s “best time of day”. Avoid staff shift changes or meal times when the home tends to be loud or hectic.

   Try not to show fear or sadness. Do your best not to be outwardly upset. Folks can be very perceptive of the emotions around them.

   Define your new role. Your role changes, but it doesn’t end, when your family member moves into assisted living. You may want to participate in a number of ways, including:
  • Be an advocate for your family member.
  • Give comfort, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
  • Volunteer to help with activities at the home.
  • Take your family member out for a meal, church, or visit with friends.
   Maintain good communication with staff. Share your concerns and suggestions with the Administrator so staff can provide a safe and comfortable environment for your elder. You know them better than anyone else.

   Benefits of placement. Better family relationships – without the strain of physical care, families are able to enjoy their elders, have fun again! Better quality of life for the person who has been living alone – better nutrition, social interaction and overall comfort of having others around all the time.