Discovering a loved one is dealing with memory impairments can be a challenge. Transitioning a loved one into memory care can be an intense, overwhelming experience. That is why here at The Pavilion, we help make the transition to memory care in Lebanon, TN as smooth as possibly for your loved one. It is important to plan ahead before you choose which community and do your research. Once you have a community in mind, frequent the community at various times to see how a normal day cycles at the community. Also, be friendly with the staff so you have the opportunity to ask them questions about the communities. This will give you a better feel for the employees that will be caring for your loved one. If your loved one has limited cognitive abilities, we suggest not getting them involved in the planning process. Also, try and avoid telling service providers “my loved one needs more help,” in front of your loved one. Although you may be correct, this can be intimidating and insulting news to someone with memory impairments. You can use these responses to respond to your loved one with memory impairments.
If your loved one is ready for the transition to memory care follow these do’s and don’ts to keeping it as stress-free as possible.
- Keep reminding them they are moving if it stresses them out.
- Involve your loved one with all the details of planning the transition.
- Expect your loved one to be able to make the transition alone.
- Over pack, most memory care communities have restricted space.
- Focus on what is best for you in a community.
- Start the move too late in the day, it will feel rushed and make your loved one anxious.
- Say negative remarks about the transition or the community itself, even if you feel like it will not have an impact on your loved one.
- Forget to call and visit your loved one.
- Listen to your loved one’s concerns and reassure them that everything will be alright.
- Work with a community’s Relations Manager to help set up a new living area resembling their current one and to set up a schedule that your loved one is already familiar with.
- Take charge of organizing, packing, and moving for your loved one.
- Help your loved one downsize, make sure you keep all family heirlooms in the family and sell or donate the rest.
- Understand your loved one’s needs and listen to all their concerns.
- Start the move early and stay after rearranging all your loved one’s belongings. This way they will feel more comfortable having you there as they start to adjust to the new setting.
- Say positive remarks and remain optimistic to comfort your love one during the transition.
- Visit and call often, especially during the beginning of the transition.
Keep these do’s and don’ts in mind when transitioning your loved one into memory care in Lebanon, TN. Another helpful tip is to make a front door wreath with your loved one’s name, photo, family member’s photos, and other items that are familiar to them. You can then place this special door decoration on your loved one’s apartment door. This will give them a sense of familiarity and help them recognize their front door.
If you have any other questions or want some advice on helping your loved one make this life changing transition, contact us today!