Assisted living facilities are designed for people who can't live on their own because they need help with the tasks of everyday living. The facilities generally provide meals, help with taking medication, housekeeping, laundry and activities. They are not meant for people who need round-the-clock nursing care.
No matter how clear the need, moving from one's home to an assisted living facility can be emotionally challenging. Realizing this, assisted living facilities often have people on staff who can help people like your mother to manage their feelings and make the transition easier.
It shouldn't be hard for parents to physically adjust to an assisted living facility. The environment is designed to meet the needs of an aging body. There are no steps to navigate. The bathrooms are adapted for walkers. There won't be any more reaching for heavy pots and pans if the facility dining room provides meals. Your parent or loved one may feel comforted, too, if they bring personal items to the new living space. This may include artwork, family photos or favorite furniture.
The new environment will allow your parent to increase their physical activity and wellness. Assisted living residences always have exercise classes like tai chi or chair yoga, and many offer physical therapy on campus. It's important to learn which services are available and take advantage of them.
Encourage your parent or loved one to get to know others at the facility. For almost anyone, in any environment, the more they interact with others, the more they'll feel at home. An easy way to meet others is to take part in the many activities offered at the facility. There is often a huge variety, such as painting and memoir writing. And there will likely be outings to museums, concerts and sporting events. Taking part will help loved ones feel engaged and purposeful — and less forlorn about the home that was left behind.