The transition from a home to assisted living is a significant challenge. It is a stressful time for the new residents and their families, as they adapt to a new living environment, routines, and caregivers. There are ways to make this process smoother and less stressful. If the new resident has used in-home care and has trusted care aides, then one effective strategy is to have the regular in-home care provider stay with and attend to the new resident during the transition.
Prior to scheduling for the in-home care provider to accompany your aging loved one, please speak with the assisted living facility staff to determine any rules they have surrounding an outside paid caregiver. Most will allow it but may have requirements for certifications or other licensure.
Familiarity breeds comfort: Moving to a new place can be overwhelming, especially for seniors who may be leaving a place they’ve called home for decades. Having an in-home care provider accompany them during the transition can provide a comforting, familiar presence. This person can help the resident navigate the new environment, introduce them to staff and other residents, and ensure that their daily needs are met. This familiarity can go a long way in reducing anxiety and improving the overall experience of the transition.
Seamless care coordination: When a resident moves to an assisted living community, there may be a gap between their old care team and the new one. Having an in-home care provider can help ensure a smoother transition of care and continuity of care while the resident gets accustomed to the new surroundings. This care provider can liaise with the assisted living team and communicate the resident’s care needs, preferences, and medication regimes, as well as provide updates to the family.
Personalized attention: Personalized care is one of the hallmarks of home care. Having an in-home care provider can ensure personalized care for the resident, even during the transition period. They know the individual’s specific care needs, likes, and dislikes, and can provide one-on-one attention on a schedule that works best for the resident. They can also help engage the resident in activities that they enjoy and help them maintain important social connections.
Support for family caregivers: Moving a loved one into assisted living can be a difficult time for family caregivers, who may feel a range of emotions, including guilt, relief, and anxiety. Having an in-home care provider with the aging loved one can offer support to the family, providing peace of mind and reassurance that their loved one is receiving quality care during the transition. This support is particularly valuable for family caregivers who may live at a distance or who have other caregiving responsibilities.
Flexibility and customization: One of the benefits of an in-home care provider is that they offer a flexible and customizable care plan. They can provide as much or as little support as needed, depending on the individual’s unique needs. They can also adapt to changes in the resident’s care needs over time, ensuring that they receive the right level of care and attention during the transition and beyond.
Having an in-home care provider can play an essential role in making this transition smoother and less stressful. They offer familiarity, personalized attention, seamless care coordination, and support for both the resident and the family. If you’re considering assisted living for a loved one, be sure to check with the community about the possibility of having an in-home care provider during the transition. It can make all the difference in ensuring a successful and happy transition.