Moving out of your home and into a new one is a big transition for anyone, whether you’ve lived there four years or forty years. It can be even more emotional when the reasons have less to do with want and are for reasons of need. This can be the case when moving Mom or Dad out of their home and into yours.
Many individuals are opting for home care instead of a nursing home facility. Home care has many benefits that make it an excellent choice. If you are planning on being the caregiver of a family member or friend, it might not necessarily take place in their home, especially if they are an Alzheimer’s patient and require someone to keep a close eye on them for safety reasons. Depending on the situation, it could make more sense to move them into your house. MAS Home Care has some tips on what to expect when moving Mom or Dad into your home.
Before the official day of the move, try to make the new bedroom look as familiar as possible. Decorate it with treasured belongings. Mom will feel touched to see her favorite quilt on her new bed. Familiarity will help your loved one to feel more comfortable and at home. Painting the room a favorite color will also boost those positive feelings. If an Alzheimer’s patient can still help make decisions, ask for an opinion about fixing up the room to encourage ownership of the space.
On the day of the move, follow his or her daily routine. This can be hard since so many other things will be going on, but the day will seem less overwhelming if they are sticking to what they’re familiar with. Keeping a positive attitude will also help your loved one feel more confident and secure on this day. If you are stressed, they can feel the tension and develop anxiety.
Take time to listen to their feelings and let them know this is their home too. Give a tour of the rest of the house to let them know where things they might need are. Putting labels on cupboards and drawers will help them get to know the contents more quickly and thus feel more at ease when moving about the house. It can also be a safety precaution. Lock away items that you are worried might cause them harm.
Once he or she is moved in and settled, be sure to spend extra time together. Play favorite games or engage in a hobby they enjoy and invite family and friend to visit often. The goal is to make your home a positive place to be.
After everyone has adjusted, you might decide to look into obtaining services from a home care agency to help with some of the care. MAS Home Care specializes in New Hampshire Alzheimer’s Care, Maine Alzheimer’s Care, Rhode Island Alzheimer’s Care and can help to educate you on your loved ones needs at this time in their life. It can be a big change for everyone involved. MAS Home Care can offer extra support and ease the overwhelming feelings you might be experiencing.
Contact MAS Home Care today.