How many times have you changed your mind about something? What about something considered quite important? Most of us will admit we aren’t entrenched in our opinions about everything. In fact, when you learn something new, it can completely alter your perspective… and your views. One of those topics could involve assisted living.
Understanding what you might expect when moving to a new place is important. Whether it’s a child going off to summer camp for the first time, a teenager heading off to college, or a middle-aged person moving to a new city for a job opportunity, the unknown can be unsettling, to say the least. That is also the case for seniors who plan to move to assisted living for the first time.
Excuses are easy to make. Almost every one of us will make plenty of excuses to avoid doing things we don’t really want to do, or to avoid situations we don’t find comfortable. Or agreeable. Just because you’ll elderly doesn’t change that. Some seniors make excuses for a wide range of reasons, including to avoid talking about things they just don’t want to discuss (at least at that time). One of those topics some elders might not wish to discuss could be assisted living for their senior care.
As we get older, our bodies change. What had once been easy to do will suddenly become more complicated. Tougher. We will also contend with an increased risk of various health challenges, including vision and hearing loss. Can a loved one still be safe living at home (whether alone or not) or should they consider moving into assisted living?
Making a move to assisted living is a wonderful plan for an aging senior who may need extra support as they move through life. Just because this might be an anticipated move, something the elderly loved one in your life is looking forward to, that doesn’t mean the actual move will be easy, or smooth.
Stacy was getting stressed. She had been supporting her elderly mother for a while, and the job was wearing her down. She had plenty of other responsibilities, but couldn’t turn her back on her mom, not when she needed help the most. So, she went forth and did the best she could, but it was taking a toll on her health, time, relationships, and life.
Many assisted living communities across the country have gone into what some might consider “lockdown” mode. This basically means visitors are not permitted on the grounds, at least not without a careful and thorough check to ensure they are not sick.
Everything changes. That’s the overall theme of life, isn’t it? No matter how much we wish things stayed the same, the passage of time and the natural process of aging force us to deal with change. Coronavirus roared into 2020 and has changed American life as we know it. For those seniors at assisted living, many of those changes have been unsettling, to say the least.
So now looking forward, how might things be permanently different even long after coronavirus is well in the past?
Older adults have experienced a lot of historical events, time periods, and economic and cultural changes throughout their lives. From World Wars to the Civil Rights Movement, they were a firsthand witness to the world being shaped into what we know and see today.
Knowing when the proper time to talk to senior parent(s) about moving into a senior living community can be difficult. If your parent(s) or loved one lives far away, it can make it even more challenging, as you likely don’t know how they handle their day to day activities.