Transitioning a Senior Home From Assisted Living? Read These Tips First!

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Transitioning a senior home from assisted living requires pre-planning and preparation on the part of all family members.

COVID-19 cases in assisted living facilities and nursing homes were utterly devastating, with the virus spreading rapidly throughout our most vulnerable population who were living closely together. Because of this, many families considered transitioning a senior home, which presented a number of challenges to overcome.

Lend a Hand Home Care, one of top-rated providers of home care in Reno and the surrounding areas, is here to help with the information you will need to ensure a smooth transition home for a senior you love. Before the move occurs, talk through these questions with all family members who will be impacted by the move:

  • Could there be an issue related to pets, smoking, or drinking, either on the part of your parent or another person in the home?
  • How will the move affect other family members? For example, will one of your children have to give up his/her bedroom and share with a brother or sister?
  • Are there any unresolved difficulties with your aging parent that may impact your capability to deliver the very best level of care?
  • How will vacations be handled? Will the senior be able to travel with you, or is there a strategy you are able to put in place for respite care?
  • If you work outside of the home, who will look after the senior while you’re gone?
  • Will there be enough room for the senior to have designated space for privacy?
  • Do any home alterations need to be made, such as adding grab bars and railings, additional lighting, or wheelchair accessibility?

Next, schedule a family meeting. This should include everyone living in your home as well as your siblings or other family members who might want to be involved in the senior’s care. It’s important to make sure everyone has the opportunity to air any concerns openly and honestly. After all, bringing your aging parent into the home is a life-changing event for every single family member.

When the family is in agreement and on board with the decision, talk to your parent concerning the idea. Assess whether or not the senior has been thriving in the social atmosphere of residing in a facility, or if she or he will miss the activities and friendships. Reassure the senior that all the family is thrilled with the concept of inviting him or her home, and address any concerns the senior raises.

First and foremost, realize that you’re not alone in your new care responsibilities! Lend a Hand Home Care is always here to serve as your trusted partner in care, offering as much or as little home care assistance as required.

Contact us at 775-322-8414 for a free in-home assessment to let us share more information about how our personalized home care services can help the seniors in your life.