One way to put them at ease is to have a professional senior home-care transition team to help. This is especially common for seniors going to assisted living facilities or senior independent living communities. They need someone alongside them who understands the challenges of change to provide support and assistance in the transition. Another alternative is to hire a home caregiver that specializes in senior care to provide home help, moral support and non-medical care.
When a loved one moves to a new facility or community, consider having a professional elderly care service provider meet them upon arrival. This person can introduce them to the other residents and staff and help them find their new room or apartment. They can assist with unpacking suitcases and belongings and get them organized in a comfortable layout. This is the ideal opportunity for seniors to learn the lay of the land and how certain appliances or gadgets work that are unfamiliar. This professional can also help to identify the areas of interest of a loved one and find related activities for them to do. There may be others in the community who share these interests, as well, that can be introduced or mentioned.
For those entering a senior community for independent living, there are also elderly caregivers with home health agencies that can routinely check in on a loved one to assist with meal planning and buying groceries, feeding pets, light housekeeping and paying bills. Transportation to appointments and social activities may also be provided by a senior care companion. Playing games and keeping seniors mentally sharp and engaged in conversations is an important part of making sure they do not become stressed or depressed. This includes playing cards or helping them with favorite hobbies. They can also assist with letter writing and help seniors to stay in communication with friends and family. Other tasks provided by senior care professionals include transportation to doctor’s appointments and assistance in staying on track with meals and medications. Making these arrangements can help put family members at ease, especially when they live far away.