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How to Successfully Transition a Loved One Into Assisted Living

Elderly Couple Packing Boxes to Move Into Arlington Assisted Living Making the decision to transition a loved one into assisted living can be challenging. There are a lot of aspects to think about, like finding the right facility and making sure that your loved one is okay with the move. Another issue that is often forgotten is what happens once the loved one moves out of the family home. What will happen to the property? Even though there are few easy options, it can help to learn a few strategies for managing your loved one’s successful transition into assisted living.

Evaluate your loved one’s needs and abilities

The first step in making this move as smooth as possible is carefully evaluating your loved one’s needs and abilities. This means considering their level of independence, their health and mobility needs, and whether they need special care or support. The more you know your loved one’s individual needs and capabilities, the quicker it will be to choose a facility that can satisfy their needs. If you can, make plans to tour different facilities together before making a final preference. This can help your loved one feel more in control of the process and their own life choices.

Move your loved one in

Once you have selected a facility that meets your loved one’s needs, it can be tempting to want to get them settled in as quickly as possible. However, it is vital to take your time and help your loved one transition into their new home gradually and in a supportive method. Moving often implies downsizing, as well, and leaving behind many personal belongings. But that doesn’t mean your loved one must leave behind all the comforts of home. Plan to bring anything that will fit into your loved one’s new apartment, mainly any items that are important or have meaning to your loved one. For example, you may want to bring along their favorite furniture, photos of family and friends, or cherished mementos. These personal touches can help them feel more at home in their new space and can help them build a sense of stability during this significant life change.

Help your loved one adjust to their new home

After your loved one has moved into their new home, it is imperative to help them adjust and settle in. It’s better to introduce only a few new things during or after the move – attempt to keep everything as familiar and comfortable as you can. Your loved one will already be making huge adjustments to their new surroundings, routines, and people, which can take time. Senior living experts say that it takes between three to six months for someone to adjust to a new assisted living facility. Even though every person is different, it’s critical to be sensitive to your loved one’s needs and to give them the time they want. This could require visiting often or giving them time alone.  No matter what you do, be patient, respectful, and supportive as they make this major life change.

Enlist support – for you and your loved one

Adjusting to a new lifestyle in assisted living can be hard for everyone involved. And it is worth noting that your loved one isn’t the only one going through a transition. Whether it’s your feelings about their move or the new responsibilities that come with caring for an off-site family member, it can be stressful to balance the needs of your own life and the changes that are happening. Because of this, it is advisable to get support from friends, family, and your loved one’s new assisted living community. This can be done by finding a support group for family members of someone in senior living or by joining a community of other Arlington rental property owners who are also undergoing a similar type of situation. Whatever form it takes, find a way to deal with the emotional and logistical challenges connected with this major transition. And remember, even if it is hard for you, it is equally critical to be sensitive and supportive of your loved one’s needs.

Manage the family home

For many families, the family home becomes a bone of contention after an elderly family member moves into assisted living. Various family members may have different thoughts about what is to be done with the property. Even though there are several options to pick from, you must think about renting the home out. Even though it might be hard to imagine someone new living in your loved one’s home, renting the property will allow you and your loved one time to adjust to assisted living without making anything final. This can make the transition easier and give your loved one a monthly income to help them out.

In times of transition, it’s common to experience stress. In this tough time, it might be an excellent idea to engage with an Arlington rental property management company to manage the rental property. These property managers will help you sell and advertise the rental, screen potential tenants, monitor rental payments and maintenance, and deliver you rental reports. With the help of a rental property management company, you can focus on supporting your loved one as they adjust to their new home in assisted living.


Approach Real Property Management MidTown to get quality property management services near you. We are willing to help you navigate the rental property process so that you can focus on your loved one. Contact us online or call us at 817-583-6121 today.

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