Moving in to Memory Care
Moving a loved one into memory care after you have chosen the right facility can be an undeniably difficult process, and making the transition as easy as possible for your loved one is the top priority.
While there is no guarantee moving in to memory care will be smooth or easy, there are certain things you can do to ease your loved one into their new memory care home.
Prior to Move-In Day
Meet with the Admissions Director in advance to complete paperwork in order to free up your time on move-in day. If possible, meet with the Memory Care Coordinator and complete a full assessment for your loved one. The Memory Care Coordinator (or Advocate) will inform and prepare staff for your loved one’s transition into the facility.
You should provide as much information as possible about your loved one’s likes and dislikes. This will help the staff give your loved ones the best kind of care and emotional support they need. Make a list of favorite and least favorite things in these areas:
You should also note any subjects that agitate him or her–like politics–or might scare them and make them uncomfortable.
Move personal items and decor into the space before the move if possible. Walking into a room filled with familiar belongings eases stress and anxiety. Packing when your family member is asleep or otherwise occupied can also help to minimize anxiety.
The First Day in Memory Care
The first day can be the toughest day, so you should do what feels right for you and your loved one. Whether you hang around as long as possible or have several short visits throughout the day ~ do what feels right for you. Have at least two people present, one to attend to your loved one and another to deal with staff and last-minute paperwork.
When talking with your loved one, stay positive.
Familiarize Their Room
Adorn your loved one’s new living space with familiar furnishings. Bring a favorite chair, keepsake items, bedding, and other comforting items. However, you should probably not bring expensive or priceless heirlooms or potentially dangerous objects (heavy glass or metal objects) to the facility. And remember to label all objects.
Displaying photographs is a good idea. Photos are a great way to chronicle your loved ones’ life memories. Include moments from weddings, births of children and grandchildren, and family portraits and trips.
Become a Part of the Memory Care Community
Visiting your loved one will ease the process for both parties. While you’re there, get friendly with the staff and make yourself a part of the community. How often you should visit your loved one in memory care is a complex question that has many variables. Our staff can provide guidance on this issue and help determine what is best for your loved one.
Adjusting to a Memory Care Facility Can Take Time
This process can take an hour, a day, or several weeks, it differs with each person that is moving in to memory care. Do not be surprised if your loved one seems more agitated or confused on move-in day, it is a big change and they need time to settle in. Telltale signs your loved one has adjusted include eating regularly and having friendly interactions with staff and residents. Talk with staff members and ask for their opinions.
Families should wait until their loved one has fully adjusted to take them for an outing. If you take them out too soon, there is a greater risk of them becoming confused and thinking they are going home with you.
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