How do we determine the type of facility that is right for our older relative?
There are many types of facilities to accommodate seniors in transition, ranging from smaller homes and condos to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The level of care your senior relative needs will determine the specific type of facility they should go to. Get input from health care providers, family members, and your older relative to help make this determination.
- SNAPforSeniors – Find Senior Housing
- ElderStep – Locate Nursing Homes
- NAPGCM – Find a Geriatric Care Manager
During the evaluation process, when is the best time to visit a facility?
It’s best to visit during the middle of the day, to get a good idea about the daily routine of the facility, and the behavior of the support staff.
When transitioning a senior to a new living arrangement, where does the stuff go?
A person who has lived in a home for 20 or 30 years has accumulated a large number of personal possessions. Though some of these items may have a place in the new environment, a senior usually needs to downsize significantly. A senior move manager can assist seniors and their families in sorting through possessions to choose those that are most useful, and have the greatest emotional value. The Senior Move Manager can assist in arranging the distribution or disposal of the rest, in estate sales, auctions, and gifts to friends and family members.
- Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate? A Guide to Passing on Personal Possessions
- Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move
How does our relative’s attitude affect the transition?
It is best that the senior be on board with this decision; the transition goes much smoother if your relative is included in the process and part of the team. It is important that your relative’s desires, concerns, priorities, and fears are heard, addressed, and when ever possible, accommodated. This will lay the foundation of trust necessary for a smooth, seamless and effective transition while minimizing the potential for Relocation Stress Syndrome (RSS). As an experienced, knowledgeable and, above all, objective professional, the senior move manager can help with this crucial aspect of the transition.
- Moving in the Right Direction – The Senior’s Guide to Moving and Downsizing
- “Change is Messy” – AARP family expert Amy Goyer chronicles her parents’ move into a continuing-care community.