The First 3 Months

Transition is challenging for everyone, yet it can be especially difficult for seniors, as it means leaving long-standing routines and habits. That’s why it’s important that friends and loved ones can be there to lend a hand during these monumental changes. For most, the first three months of this transition is the hardest. However, no one needs to struggle alone during this time. Friends and family can be there to help out. Here are somethings you can do to make the new adjustment easier for a friend or loved one:

Be The Empathetic Ear They Need

The transition can be difficult even if the logistics go smoothly. Let them know that feeling sad and frustrated is normal, and that time and patience is imperative to feel at home again.

Lend a sympathetic ear

Be Communicative About The Continuity of Experience

Talk with your loved one about how they can continue their lifestyles in their new community. Make sure that your loved one has your phone numbers on hand. Determine a phone call schedule that works for everyone. Maybe your loved one needs to talk every day or they’re the kind of person that only needs to chat once a week. Figure out a timetable that works for everyone.

“Explain to your loved one that more visits and regular communication is key to helping the transition smoother and less stressful.”

Let Them Know You’re Going To Be Present

Being there for seniors

Maintaining a strong bond between you and your loved one is crucial to this big change. It’s important to do the same things you did together when they were living independently. Join them for lunch or an afternoon movie, or just take a stroll through the park.

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