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How to Prepare Your Loved One to Transition During COVID-19

Many older adults can benefit from a senior living community, but COVID-19 has made the process more difficult than usual. Understandably, you may have concerns about finding the right community and making the transition as smooth as possible. 
 
Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to prepare your older loved one for a new community. Here’s what you can do to help them transition in the time of COVID-19.  
 

Signs a Senior Living Community Is the Right Move

For a while, you may be able to care for your older loved one at home, potentially with the help of an in-home caregiver. However, there are certain indications that suggest your senior may need more care. Signs it’s time to consider a senior living community include:
 
  • Struggles with personal hygiene
  • Difficulty managing finances
  • Inability to keep the house clean 
  • Drastic behavior and cognitive changes
  • Forgetfulness or frustration during social interactions 
  • Changes in social patterns or lifestyle 
  • How to Find the Best Senior Living Community
  • Finding the right senior living community for your loved one is incredibly important. Here are some tips to help you safely explore your options during the COVID-19 pandemic:
  • Research online for insights about senior living and to learn about different options near you. The CarePatrol blog has helpful information and resources. 
  • Tour communities. CarePatrol can help facilitate virtual tours of communities, which will allow you to get a good idea of the lifestyle, layout, environment, etc. 
  • Talk to residents. If possible, speak with other seniors and their families about their experiences. 
  • Ask questions. Make sure you get the answers you need and fully understand the cost, what’s included, visitation policies and more. 

Tips for The Transition 

At first, talking about the transition could be very difficult for your older loved one, and the idea of assisted living may be upsetting to them. Make sure you offer a listening ear, validating the concerns that are brought up. You can explain the benefits of the transition and try to build excitement by discussing new opportunities. Reassure your loved one that you will visit in whatever way is possible and that they will still be involved in the lives of their children, grandchildren and/or great-grandchildren. 
 
CarePatrol is here to help with the transition to safer senior living. Speak to a local advisor to find a senior living community in your area. Call us today. 
Submitted & Written By: CarePatrol 

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Rebekah Benson