Tips for Helping a Loved One Downsize to Residential Memory Care

Helping a loved one transition into a memory care setting usually means downsizing to a smaller residence. Here are some that can help make downsizing decisions easier and make the move as comfortable as possible. When feasible, let your loved one take an active role in selecting their residential care setting. Once a care location is selected, empower your loved one to help choose items to bring along.

  • A floor plan can be an excellent guide to ensure items will fit with ease. Draw in furniture to determine what items, such as a comfortable chair can be brought along. This will make moving day much smoother.
  • One of the best ways to help your loved one feel at home in a new setting is to make their personal surroundings as homelike as possible. This means setting up a room with personal effects, photographs and other items your loved one associates with home. Familiar pillows and memorable blankets can add comfort and familiarity.
  • An entire wardrobe is not necessary, but your loved one will need several outfit changes, night clothes and undergarments. Daily laundry and housekeeping are often available to make sure garments are kept clean.
  • Bedding should be soft and comfortable. A plush, but lightweight comforter can be soothing while allowing for easier movement at night. Bedside lamps that are easy to turn on, or nightlights, are excellent additions so that your loved one is not in the dark at nighttime.
  • Decorating the front door to their room with a wreath or other personal item can help your loved one remember which room is theirs. These visual cues will be helpful.

Downsizing into a residential care setting can be difficult for loved ones living with memory disorders, but there are ways to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. By taking the time to select the right setting and then empowering the loved one to make it feel like home, families can ease the process and reduce stress for themselves and their loved ones.

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