How to Support a Parent as They Transition to an Assisted Living Facility
February 24, 2021at5:00 AM
There comes a time in every child’s life when they need to start looking after their parent's wellbeing.
As our parents age, we need to consider what support they may require in their day-to-day life.
So how can you support a parent when they transition into an assisted living facility?
Many people feel a bit disappointed when they need to move into assisted living, simply because it feels like they’ve lost some independence. However, you can help your parent with this transition in a number of ways. And Boston Laundry Inc. is here to provide some ideas, as well as help with any laundry or dry cleaning services your parent may need.
Here are a few ways for you support your parent as they move into assisted living.
Check-in on a regular basis.
Moving can be incredibly stressful for anyone. So take time to check in with your parents to see how they are doing. Remember it may take some time for them to adjust to their new living situation; normalize the highs and lows of the process. Give them a call from time to time and even stop by now and then to see how they’re settling in.
Remind them of their independence.
Assisted living residents tend to experience a sense of loss as they may have less independence than before. So it’s important to remind them of things they can still do or choices they can still make on their own. From baking to cleaning, these activities will help them feel more confident. And if your parent needs support with laundry, Boston Laundry Inc. can help! We provide weekly laundry subscriptions as well as one-off orders and dry cleaning.
Help them personalize their new space.
Something that helps a new space feel more familiar is hanging photos and artwork. Take time to help your parents personalize their new home by hanging pictures with them and moving in some of their favorite furniture items. This will allow them to associate memories that they already have with their new home.
Encourage them to build a new routine.
People do well when they have a sense of structure in their life. This also applies to people transitioning into assisted living. Let your parent know that they can still do most of the activities they did before, and help them create a routine they can be excited about. Boston Laundry Inc. is happy to be a part of their weekly plan with easy pick-up and drop-off options.
Even though it can be difficult, moving parents into assisted living facilities is an important and healthy transition. Ask your parents how they feel about it, connect with their doctor to ensure you understand all their needs, and be sure to give yourself some time to process this change.
The more you connect with your parents through this adjustment and offer up your support, the easier it will be. At the end of the day, your parents know you love them and have their best interest at heart.
If you or your parents need any support with laundry or dry cleaning, Boston Laundry Inc. is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our subscription services.