Creating a Cozy Transition: 3 Tips for Seniors Moving to Assisted Living

Oct 21, 2023

Moving from a house, apartment, townhome, or any other place to assisted living can indeed be an excellent elder care option, especially for those grappling with physical challenges, limited mobility, or chronic health issues.


For some seniors, the prospect of transitioning to assisted living is exciting, filled with hope and anticipation. However, for others, it can be an anxiety-inducing experience, particularly when they lack sufficient knowledge about what to expect.


In this article, we will explore three ways to help seniors settle comfortably into their new surroundings, alleviating some of their nervousness.


  1. Encourage Personal Photos:


Invite seniors to bring along personal photos that hold sentimental value. These can be placed in frames on their nightstand or hung on the wall (with proper permission, if needed). Additionally, consider digital photo frames or cubes, which are cost-effective options available at various stores. These devices can display a rotating selection of pictures at random intervals, often with captivating special effects. However, it's important to ensure that the displayed photos are not offensive or encroach on another resident's personal space, especially if the room is shared.


  1. Provide a Comfortable Chair:


Consider placing a comfortable chair in the senior's room, such as a recliner or a reading chair. At MDSL, we encourage seniors to bring their own furniture if it is senior-friendly and not too cumbersome. A comfortable chair can significantly enhance the room's coziness, making it feel more like home. Given that space is limited in assisted living bedrooms, especially for those transitioning from larger homes, a compact chair can be a reasonable and welcome addition.


  1. Add Decorative Touches:


Enhance the ambiance of the room with decorative touches like paintings or a lamp. If the senior has an affinity for fish or plants, find safe ways to incorporate them into the room's decor. These subtle touches can infuse warmth and personality into the living space. As an RAL owner, you can facilitate these personal touches to make seniors feel more at ease and at home as they transition into their new living environment. This can help alleviate unnecessary anxiety and stress.


Creating a comfortable and familiar atmosphere during this transition can make a significant difference in the well-being and contentment of seniors as they embark on this new chapter in their lives.

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