Helping Your Loved Ones Move into their New Retirement Residence

A man helping his senior loved one with packingThe move to a retirement residence or skilled nursing facility in Rhode Island can be overwhelming both for you and your loved one. Feelings of abandonment, panic and guilt are fairly common and can result in a lot of anxiety. Here are some tips from our experts to help your loved ones settle into a senior apartment or nursing home quickly and ease the stress for the whole family.

Tips for a smooth move to a retirement residence

Tips for a smooth move to a retirement residence

  • Make a list: Note all the things that have to be done. Create separate sections i.e. the paperwork that has to be submitted, belongings they have to take along and any questions that you might have. Some retirement homes may have a checklist that is quite helpful. Do the research together. Involving your parent will help them feel more in control and reduce their anxiety.
  • Start small: Do a few things at a time so that your loved one is not overwhelmed by all that has to be done. It helps to begin with organizing and packing items that do not have much sentimental value; this will prevent them from getting too emotional. Give them enough time to prepare and say their goodbyes.
  • Be understanding and helpful: Age-related frailties may make it difficult for mom or dad to cope with packing or other simple daily tasks. Remember, that is in fact, the reason they have to move! Offer to help and don’t be critical of them as you help them sort out possessions or items they want to take with them to the senior apartments.
  • Meet with the retirement or nursing home management team in advance: Discuss their activity plan and any other special concerns. Ask how they will be accommodated and follow-up on the requests. The Holiday has a customized care plan for each of our residents.
  • Create a visiting schedule: Talk to family members about visiting your loved one in their retirement home in Rhode Island. The first few weeks and months are especially important because you don’t want your loved one to feel isolated or get anxious. Visit often. Chose one person to be the emergency contact. Prepare to deal with your loved one’s requests of wanting to come back home.
  • Set up with their favorite things: Decorate their new home with familiar and favorite items. This will make the transition easier.
  • Have a plan for yourself: The move can be stressful for you too. You may feel anxious, even depressed without mom or dad. It helps to have someone to talk to and plan activities that will divert your mind.

A lady with her parents, smiling for a pictureThe Holiday Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Manville, Rhode Island has been caring for families like yours for over 40 years. You can count on our professional and dedicated team to treat your loved ones like our own. We have taken great care to provide all the features and services mom or dad need to feel safe and comfortable here. Our retirement home services have been recognized with awards and accolades over the years.

Does your parent need extra care or attention? Let us help.

Call 401-765-1440 for more information about our skilled nursing facility in Manville, Rhode Island.

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