Easy Assisted Living Transition in Old Bridge, NJ
Are you considering moving a loved one to an assisted living community? Here’s some good news! Reformed Church Home has been providing exceptional senior care in Old Bridge, NJ since 1998. We’re dedicated to making the transition process simple and stress-free for every family member involved, maintaining transparency and consistent communication.
Tips for a smooth transition
We know there’s a lot to think about when it comes to assisted living transitions. You want to make sure your loved one gets the care they deserve, and that the transition from their current living situation to assisted living is as comfortable as possible. That’s why we’re here to offer helpful tips to help you prepare and make the process a smooth one.
- Plan ahead—Before starting your search, open up a discussion with all family members to ensure you’re all in agreement with regard to living options going forward, including budget, location, and amenities. Strong communication can help prevent misunderstandings and ensure everyone’s expectations are understood. Include your senior family member in these discussions whenever possible; if their cognitive ability is such that they can make decisions for their health and safety, make sure they have a voice in the process. Ask them questions, too, so that you can find the right community to meet their needs. For instance: What activities do they enjoy? Do they want access to religious services on site? Would they be more comfortable in a studio or a 1-bedroom apartment? Do they prefer to eat their meals with a small group or in a large restaurant atmosphere? What can they afford, considering their social security, pension income, savings and investments, and the value of their home? Has anyone checked into Veteran’s benefits (called the Aid & Attendance Benefit for long-term care?)
- Get belongings in order—Also in the “plan ahead” category, when you first start thinking about a move, begin downsizing as much as possible so that this job is not so daunting when the actual time comes. Decide which items and treasures will be best for his/her new assisted living apartment. Most communities provide unfurnished apartments so that favorite pieces and knick-knacks can be brought in so it feels like home. You should also decide what can be donated, stored, or given to family members and sort the items into designated rooms or boxes to stay organized. Taking these steps ahead of time makes it easier to focus on the emotional aspects of the movie itself when the time comes, without feeling so overwhelmed.
- Visit some options, and stay for a while— It’s always best to call ahead to make an appointment to see a community and take a full tour so that you have sufficient time to ask all your questions and see the rooms and amenities. Then, go back again, perhaps with additional family members and definitely with the prospective resident, so you can ask additional questions, see different activities, and even evaluate the difference between weekday and weekend routines. You can learn a lot on a tour, but it doesn’t tell you everything. So if a trial stay is possible, consider taking advantage! Reformed Church home offers fully-furnished respite rooms for trial periods and short-term stays, which can be an excellent opportunity for your loved one to connect with our residents and get a clear picture of daily living in our community.
- Rally the family—This is a big transition, and everyone has a part to play to make it a smooth one. You’ll need help moving furniture, planning finances, and providing emotional support and encouragement. The most successful assisted living transitions are made by seniors who have the strength and commitment of their families behind them. Make sure the family visits often, maintain usual activities like celebrating holidays together and encourages your loved one to get involved with our senior living community. The most successful transitions happen when the new resident is willing to participate in the many trips and activities offered at their new home while maintaining the privacy and comfort of their own, personalized apartment.
Our home is your home
Reformed Church Home is proud of our stellar reputation in offering assisted living options, respite stays, rehabilitation, and long-term nursing care in a family-like setting. Our staff is committed to helping you and your family support your loved one as they transition to the next stage of their lives. Give us a call today to learn more about everything we have to offer.
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