GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- While it may be your first instinct to visit your family member at an Assisted Living memory care facility more frequently at the beginning, this may actually may be harder on your family member to adapt to their new living arrangement.
It is essential to give your loved one time to adjust without you, especially if you are the primary caregiver. We want to give your family member time to get involved with the programming and new environment.
Upon moving in, your loved one will be greeted by the activities department to do an initial introduction, building onto their initial care plan. During the first few weeks of moving in, we like to conduct more 1:1 activities to ensure your family member is engaged and brought into the programming at their pace. This provides the necessary social engagement, while not overwhelming your family member all at once.
We also have a great group of current residents that love to welcome new individuals into their social gatherings. They may knock on your loved ones door to introduce themselves, as well as invite those to upcoming activities or to sit with them during a meal.
During this initial move in period, we also recognize the need of the family to know how their loved one is doing. The team at The Woods is always happy and available to give updates and discuss the care and programming of your loved one during the initial move in period.
We want the family to feel like family again, not feeling as though you are the primary caregiver anymore. Let us care for your loved one the way you so graciously and lovingly did.
If you would still like to visit during the initial move in period, we recommend visiting for short periods to allow your loved one to adapt to you not being there all the time. This allows your family member a chance to engage in the daily activities and meals planned with their “neighbors” and staff members at The Woods.
It will seem hard in the beginning, but it is important to know that this will not always be so hard. Your loved one will become more familiar to their new memory care community and may come to love being there. Just remember, you made the right decision for your particular situation and are helping to give your loved one the care and lifestyle they deserve.
(Sponsored by Samaritas Senior Living Grand Rapids)