As an adult, you want what’s best for your parents. Once they have decided to transition into an independent senior living community, they’ll likely need your help in moving. This implies helping them downsize, finding out what they need to bring with them what they need to store, and what they should give away. There are also so many senior living options available these days. Your parents may need your help in figuring out what kind of community would be best for them. Here at Southfield, we understand what seniors need and how best to make retirement a time where seniors can live their most desired lifestyle.
Five Ways to Help Your Parents Move Into Senior Living
- First, let your parents guide the process. They know what they want. Your job is to help them express it and find communities that fit their needs. Moving to an independent senior living community requires a commitment to researching and asking questions. You can be your parents’ best resource at this early stage. Hear what they are saying, what they want, and learn what it is they need now and in the future. Then, help them make a decision. Offer choices and explain how each meets or fulfills a quality they wanted.
- Next, set realistic expectations. This means understanding just how much time you can dedicate to the process. You’re no use to your parents if you’re burnt out or distracted. Focus and give them the necessary time and effort.
- Have a plan. It may sound simple, but many individuals and families don’t approach the move to a senior living community with a full understanding of what their needs are. You have to think in the short and in the long-term even in retirement. What are your parents’ needs currently, and how will those be met by the services available to community members? Then ask yourself, what happens when those needs change? Everyone involved needs to think about this and get on the same page.
- Get your family together. Figuring out where to start can be intimidating, so divide the downsizing tasks into smaller, more manageable parts that can be accomplished in a shorter timeframe. This is also a great way to make everyone in the family feel involved.
- Finally, think about the big picture. Transitioning to senior living can be emotional and difficult. But focus on the future and how your parents will be living an easier, more carefree life at Southfield.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Some other things to keep and mind to make the transition and move easier include:
- Set time limits and focus on moving or downsizing room-by-room.
- Make a schedule so you, your parents, and your family are never surprised and know exactly what needs to be done and when.
- Create an inventory and checklist, so nothing slips through the cracks.
Keeping things think in mind can make the transitions into independent living smoother and more enjoyable.
If you’re looking for a way to help your parents prepare for and make the transition to an independent senior living community, Southfield may be exactly what you are looking for. At Southfield, independent seniors make up a close-knit community with access to some of the best senior living services available, such as:
- Activities: We plan daily activities and regularly scheduled events to make each day unique. Coming to Southfield means residents can be as active or as independent as they choose to be.
- Transportation: We provide regularly scheduled transportation and on-demand transportation to all our residents so they can get anywhere they need to be.
- Health and wellness: Our modern fitness facility has just the right layout and equipment. Residents can make sure their body stays loose and healthy.
- Dining services: Our dining team produces three meals per day prepared from scratch for residents. The meals we create taste great and are healthy. We make dining a positive community experience.
- Housekeeping: We provide regular and as-requested help in maintaining your residence like a home, prepare for visitors, or keep your day-to-day needs met.