When it comes time to move your parent or loved one to a memory care community like Querencia, there are numerous details to consider. To minimize the stress of moving and create a seamless transition for your loved one, here are some key things to consider before, during and after moving day.
Things To Do When Moving a Parent or Loved One to Memory Care
Moving at any age can be stressful. However, it can be especially difficult for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, who may frequently feel disoriented or confused when faced with big changes. Since moving can exacerbate feelings of stress and disorientation, you will want to have a plan in place to ease the transition.
Coordinate the Move with Your Community
Senior living communities like Querencia offer tours for prospective residents and their caregivers. Team members may also have knowledge of local moving resources that you may not have considered. Keep in touch with the team at the community throughout your transition.
Create a Schedule for Moving Day
To make the move as smooth as possible, you will want to create a schedule of the day’s events. Account for transportation, unpacking and your loved one’s typical daily schedule. On the day of the move to memory care, you will want to follow their daily routine as closely as possible to minimize disruptions.
Since late-day confusion can happen for seniors with dementia, plan to move your loved one in the morning, before lunch. This is the time of day that they are typically most alert and aware. Moving at this time will allow them to get acclimated to their new home when they’re at their best.
Make Their New Surroundings Feel Like Home
Including cherished, familiar items in your loved one’s new home can help them feel secure, connected and comfortable. Arrange their favorite pieces of furniture and other items around their room, such as a cozy blanket, go-to pillow or comfortable chair. Place meaningful items like photos of family and friends, their favorite knick-knacks and treasured heirlooms around the room.
To make for an easier transition, plan to have your loved one’s things set up before they get there. You may want to plan to move your things the day before they arrive to ensure everything is in place.
Communicate With Your Loved One’s Team
Either before or after your loved one is settled into their new home, you will want to notify the caregiving team of their health history. Prepare a detailed list of their mental and medical health background and current medications. Speak to the community’s care team about any special needs or assistance they may require.
Also let the team know of your loved one’s hobbies and interests. This can help the team ensure that your loved one attends those community events and activities so that they can get the most enjoyment out of their new home.
This information will also help the community’s team create a care plan for your loved one. At Querencia, for example, our team of highly-trained memory care specialists will work closely with you and your loved one to create a personalized care plan.
What Is Memory Care Like at Querencia?
As a premier senior living community in Austin, Texas, we’re proud to provide compassionate care and an environment designed to help those living with dementia thrive. Our calm, comforting community, chef-prepared meals, daily housekeeping services, and more help empower our residents to enjoy their retirement.