The decision to move a loved one into an assisted living facility is not an easy one. Whether it is for your parent, grandparent, or another family member, it can be a major life-changing event. There are significant changes to be made, including adjusting to a new living environment, new staff, new routines, and new activities. One of the most important things you can do to make the transition easier is to make sure a trusted caregiver is present.

A caregiver may be a family member or someone hired to provide care to your loved one. If having a hired caregiver present, it’s important to discuss with the facility, so that they understand the role of the caregiver as a privately paid care provider. They may be concerned about liability and other factors and may push back; however, if you approach it in a calm, clear way and explain that the caregiver is helping with the transition process and will not be in their way or try to do their job.

When choosing a trusted caregiver, it is important to ensure that they possess the necessary qualities and experience to handle the transition. You want to choose the right person to help your loved one to remain calm through the process. They should also have empathy, patience, and be professional in communication. These qualities can not be overlooked since they are crucial in making the transition successful.

Establishing clear channels of communication with the caregiver will make the transition smoother. Prior to the move, family members should communicate with the caregiver what their responsibilities will be, what is expected from them, and how they can help in the transition process. Additionally, the caregiver should be introduced to the assisted living staff prior to moving day and outside of the care of the aging person so that any questions can be addressed together in the plan to make it a seamless move.

It is also important to consider the needs of your loved one. While the assisted living facility will be taking the lead in the care needs during moving day it is important that the selected caregiver should be supportive and even well-equipped to provide for some of the basic care needs if needed. The primary focus should be their ability to provide emotional support if the loved one is feeling lonely, isolated, or depressed when making the move.

During the move, the caregiver can help the resident adjust to new routines, schedule of activities, and new living environment. They could take them to the activities room to look at the calendar and if there is a sign-up form for an activity that would interest them, they can help with the sign-up. Some facilities will allow guests for some activities so the caregiver may even be able to join them for the future activity. This will mean a lot to them and help them feel comfortable that they aren’t just going to be left there alone. They will know that someone is coming back to spend time with them.

While moving into assisted living may seem challenging, it’s important to have a trusted caregiver who can aid in the transition. Knowing they are present and equipped with the skills and experience needed will give peace of mind to family members and make the transition much smoother for the person making the move.