When it comes time for your loved one to live the life they deserve at a Memory Care community, you may wonder how to best transition them so the change is less of a shock. Fortunately, there are many ways to ease into it, allowing for a smooth transition and a better experience for all. According to Winsome McLeod, Executive Director at YourLife™ of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida, making the transition to Memory Care smoother begins with preparation. “Prior to the move, ensure you talk to the team at the community as much as possible.
Planning a Move
As seniors age and get closer to retirement, one of the things they are most excited for is free time, opportunities to do whatever they please and the freedom from the stress of work and their normal routine. In fact, they are often ready to shake things up. While retirement can bring excitement, it can wear off quickly - especially as the tasks of homeownership rise, health care costs increase, and friends move away. This leaves many seniors wondering if they’ve expected too much, and while this can be true, it doesn’t mean it has to be.
When it comes time to retire, your children are grown and you start to age, the big family home may start to be a little too much to handle. For that reason, many seniors choose to downsize by selling and moving into a smaller place or a senior living community. “The physical act of moving has an impact beyond just downsizing,” says Janna Zaidspiner, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, an Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Planning for the future is an important thing for seniors and caregivers to do. This New Year, make it a resolution to plan ahead or make a change to better your loved one’s life or make your life as a caregiver a little easier. “If your loved one is living with memory loss, you may know the struggle it can be to provide an engaging lifestyle, care for their ever-changing needs and make sure they are safe and secure,” says Cheyanne Schaible, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Wildwood.
The New Year is here, and it's the perfect time to reflect on what the past year had in store for you and your loved ones. If you've served as a caregiver for a loved one with memory loss, you may be torn with the previous year's experience. You may be feeling grateful that you've been able to help your loved one throughout their journey with memory loss, but you may also be burnt out and stressed from the ever-increasing demands of their dementia.