Managing emotions while downsizing
Regardless of the circumstances, approaching the complex process of moving an elderly loved one out of his or her home can be difficult and emotionally challenging. However, this transition to a new stage of life can also be an exciting and productive time. To ensure that you and your aging loved one manage the transition with positive emotions and a sense of support, consult these pivotal steps throughout the process.
Create a support system
Before you approach your loved one, reach out to everyone who will play a role in the transition, such as siblings and close friends and family members. If possible, meet in person, or via Skype or FaceTime if distance is an issue, to define each person’s role in the move. When faced with decisions or obstacles, lean on these involved individuals for support and guidance.
Maintain open communication
Remember moving an elderly loved one out of a familiar home is an extremely emotional time for everyone involved, especially your loved one. Communicate honestly and often about all the unknown elements that need to be solidified. Be sure to discuss potential locations, types of care needed, finances, and lifestyle changes—and always take note of your loved one’s perspective. This will also help your loved one mentally transition into the new environment.
Transform decisions into choices
While you and your support system may be conducting research and investigating various options, be sure to include your loved one in as many decisions as possible. This will help him or her feel involved in the lifestyle change and help to alleviate the emotional burden of decision making off of you.
Holiday Retirement resources
If you are considering moving an elderly loved one out of his or her home, the independent senior living options at Holiday Retirement’s communities across the country can be a helpful resource for you and your family.
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