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How to Support Seniors Suffering from Re-Location Stress

An older loved one recently transitioned from living in their home to an assisted living facility. You thought you would feel relieved, but instead, find yourself worried if your family member is suffering from re-location stress. But rest assured these feelings are normal, and they soon pass.

Leaving a Cherished Family Home

By the time most people need to consider assisted living homes or other senior living options, they maybe lived in their current home for decades. Many raised their families in that house and have wonderful memories of buying their home with a spouse who has since passed away. Homes can give people a sense of security.  It can be stressful to move.

Here are some signs that your loved one might be struggling to adjust after a move:

  • Refusal to take medication
  • Aggressive or combative behavior
  • Anxious behavior
  • Confusion about what is happening
  • Isolating themselves
  • Irritability
  • Poor appetite
  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Sleeplessness

Tips to Help Seniors Avoid Relocation Stress

Seniors should remain involved in the decision-making process of moving to an assisted living.  Try to come to an agreement on how to choose the right facility early on in the process and be sure to let your loved one know that his or her opinion really matters. This provides the person with a crucial sense of safety, control, dignity, and self-expression.

Here are a few other tips we recommend:

  • Help your family member set up their room in the assisted living facility by recreating their previous environment as closely as possible. For example, add plenty of family photos or art items for a personal touch and arrange the furniture in a familiar pattern.
  • Encourage your older relative to meet new people and join activities that interest them. Try to get them to participate in the same activities regularly to give them an important sense of purpose and routine.
  • Never dismiss their fears and concerns about living in a new environment. The ability to talk about what is on their mind without worrying about upsetting you can truly speed up the adjustment process.

If you’re looking for a facility that can offer a more seamless transition, expert care, and quality comfort, Shady Oaks Assisted Living in Connecticut is here for you and your family! For questions about the facility or to schedule a tour, contact the owner, Tyson.