The past year has been incredibly difficult for senior citizens, especially those living with a memory-related disorder and the members of their families who care for them daily. Even though this might not seem to be the best time to move your loved one into an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility, it might be necessary to ease some of the stress you’re both feeling. Here are some tips for making the transition a bit easier.
Clarify the Move-in Process
Different dementia assisted living facilities have different requirements concerning the move-in process and COVID-19 restrictions. Before you decide to move your loved one into the facility, clarify whether a quarantine period is needed before or after move-in, and how long that period would be.
If the potential resident is not yet vaccinated, you might also want to ask if the dementia assisted living facility can help speed up the process. Some assisted living facilities even offer on-site vaccinations for residents who still need them.
Connect with Staff Over the Phone
It’s important that the resident feels comfortable with the staff they will be working with at the dementia assisted living facility, but it may be difficult to build relationships during the pandemic. Consider asking the staff to talk with your loved one over the phone before move-in day so both parties feel more comfortable with what is to come.
Many people feel uncomfortable moving their parents into dementia assisted living facilities during the pandemic. However, the staff at these facilities are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible.