What are some helpful tips for managing the stress of moving from home to an assisted living facility?
- Acknowledge and process your feelings. Moving to an assisted living facility is a big change, and it’s normal to feel a range of emotions. Take time to acknowledge and process your feelings. You can write in a journal, talk to a friend or family member, or seek professional counseling.
- Stay connected to your support system. Moving to a new place might feel lonely, so it’s important to stay connected to your family and friends. Set up regular times to talk on the phone or video chat, and make plans for visits.
- Get to know your new community. Take advantage of the activities, outings, and events offered by the assisted living facility. Doing so can help you make new friends and stay connected in your new environment.
- Personalize your new space. Adding personal touches to your new senior living space can help it feel more like home. Bring your favorite photos, favorite books or movies, and other sentimental items that are meaningful to you.
- Stay active. Exercise and daily physical activity can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Ask the staff at the assisted living facility about exercise classes or other opportunities to stay active.
- Take care of your physical health. Moving can be physically taxing, so it’s important to take care of your health during this time. Make sure you’re eating nutritious meals, getting enough sleep, and taking any medications as prescribed.
- Stay positive. Focus on the benefits of the move, such as having access to on-site medical care or more opportunities for socialization. Try to maintain a positive attitude and outlook, even during challenging times.
Sequoia can help you with any psychological needs that arise during your move. We provide ongoing, personalized, patient care — right in your living facility. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can make your life easier!
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