So you find yourself in the unfamiliar waters of helping your aging loved one find a new space to call home. Before you feel the need to jump ship-take heart! There are many PROVEN benefits to charting the course towards the move to an assisted living community.
The first step in helping your family member tip their toe into the water is reminding them of the commitment. Based on the reality of the service that is being provided in assisted living, it doesn’t make sense for communities to require long term commitments. This is miles apart from sending the kids off to college. So that means you are not talking six month or year long leases. Don’t get me wrong it’s not uncommon for someone to live in a community for a long time. We have had residents live in our properties for 10-15 years. But the beauty of our assisted living contracts is that they offer the option of a 30 day notice. Now that’s enough to make everyone breathe a sigh of relief. Taking away the anxiety of “buyers remorse” helps you and your loved one feel much easier about the reality of making the transition to an assisted living community and sets the course for smoother sailing. It also opens the door to the discussion of the possibility of what day to day life can look like for Mom or Dad in a community. Setting the course towards the goal of getting there now becomes more approachable and less daunting.