Moving Seniors: Settling into a New Home
Some seniors have special needs and moves for seniors need special planning. Read for some tips to make it easier on them and you.
Approximately 52 percent of seniors in the United States require some kind of long-term care in their lifetime.
In some cases, this just means the help of a home health aide. In many cases, though, it requires moving to a nursing home, retirement community, or assisted living facility.
Do you think it's time for your elderly parent or loved one to consider relocating?
Moves for seniors can be quite tricky, from convincing them that moving is a good idea to actually packing up and leaving home.
If you think a move is a good call for your loved one and you want to know the best way to handle it, keep reading.
Listed below is everything you need to know about handling moves for seniors.
Signs Your Loved One Needs to Move
It's not always easy to tell when your loved one needs to move into a long-term care facility. Here are some signs that indicate a move might be necessary:
They have a hard time getting around their home on their own
They have a hard time cleaning and maintaining their home
They're forgetful or are showing other signs of dementia
They're neglecting to take their medication as directed
They're neglecting basic personal hygiene (bathing, changing clothes, etc.)
They're unable to cook for themselvesThey're isolated, withdrawn, or have lost interest in activities they once enjoyed
If you're noticing any of these signs in your loved one, it may be time to talk to them about downsizing and transitioning to a long-term care facility.
Talking About the Move
Some seniors are ready to move on and transition out of their home. Often, though, they're resistant to change and don't want to acknowledge the fact that they can't care for themselves effectively any longer.
If your parent or loved one falls into the latter category, you need to be strategic in the way you address the idea of them moving out.
The following are some tips that will help you broach the topic in an appropriate way:
Make It an Ongoing Discussion
Your parent or loved one might not be receptive to the idea of moving the first time you address it. If you plant seeds and make it an ongoing discussing, though, they might eventually come around to the idea.
Don't push them if they say no at first. Just ask them to think about it. Then, you can revisit the idea later and see if their mind has changed.
It's helpful to have others on your side when you bring up the issue. Recruit your siblings or other family members so that everyone is in agreement about the best approach for your parent or loved one. You may want to reach out to their doctor and see what they think, too.