Three Ways to Remain Positive When Transitioning to Assisted Living
Staying positive is almost impossible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. In fact, to state that it is impossible would not be a stretch. You would be hard-pressed to find a single person in your network of friends, family, coworkers, or other acquaintances who has ever felt completely positive all the time or has known anybody to fit that description.
However, some things in life can make feeling positive even more overwhelming. Such as a transition to a new living situation.
Assisted living could very well describe an event in a person’s life that would cause them to feel less positive. They might not feel negative about it, but probably more stressed or apprehensive about what the future may hold for them
at this stage in their life.
For any senior who is moving to assisted living, one of the best elder care options available, there will likely be times when they are not completely positive. They might argue with their adult children, their spouse, friends, and others who support this decision.
They may become defensive. They may even become withdrawn or depressed. Make sure neither you nor anyone else tries to diagnose somebody with depression; this should only be done by the senior’s medical professional. Depressive symptoms and depression are extremely serious. They could be caused by this transition, but they could also be the result of side effects of certain prescription medications or even health issues.
Now, there are a few things you might be able to do to help an aging senior be more positive as they get ready to transition to assisted living.
1. Encourage them to connect with loved ones.
You might be this senior’s adult child, best friend, or neighbor, but you aren’t the only loved one he or she has. You can speak to other family members and close friends of this senior and encourage them to reach out more often right now.
You can also act as a mediator and make calls on their behalf, handing the phone over to him or her once you connect with family and friends they haven’t spoken to in a while.
Being able to reconnect with people they haven’t spoken to much in recent years can be a great boost. It can often bring back wonderful memories and possibly even heal wounds you didn’t even know existed.
2. Research what you can about this assisted living facility.
Every assisted living facility is different so don’t assume just because one provides certain activities or benefits that the one this senior is moving to will also do the same.
Be very specific in the research you do and concentrate on the specific facility itself.
3. Recognize the value assisted living offers.
You might very well understand the benefits, but does this aging senior? As an elder care option, assisted living can be one of the best things for aging men and women. It’s great to know that and say it, but does the senior really understand and accept that?
If not, it may very well be tougher to be positive as they prepare for this new transition in life.