Five Fun Ways To Help Your Parent Transition To Assisted Senior Living

The transition from your parent's home to an assisted living facility can be difficult, but there are many ways you can help make this change easier. Use this guide to help your parent feel more comfortable and have a little bit of fun in the process.

Go Shopping

The move to an assisted living facility offers the perfect excuse to go shopping. Take your parent shopping for new items he or she can use in the new home, and make a day of it by going to lunch together as well. Some items you can shop for might include:

  • New Bedding
  • Comfortable loungewear
  • Paintings or decorative items
  • Dishes and glassware

Send Care Packages

Who doesn't love getting mail from time to time? Even if you visit often, consider sending random care packages as a surprise. You can pack snacks, clothing, DVDs, or other small items, or you can include artwork the grandchildren have made. Don't forget to add a letter from each person in your household as a special finishing touch for each care package.

Plan Weekly Or Monthly Outings

Instead of just visiting at the assisted living community, plan outings with your parent and your children. These outings could be as simple as lunch or dinner together, or they might include a trip to the local zoo or museum. Try to do a different activity every time, and give everyone a way to spend more quality time together.

Host Sleepovers For The Grandchildren

Just because your parent has moved to assisted living doesn't mean that he or she can't still spend quality time with the grandchildren. Make sure that the facility allows overnight visits, and then plan a special sleepover night with the grandchildren. They can watch movies or play board games together, and you can arrange to have pizza delivered for dinner. If your parent isn't able to care for the grandchildren alone, be sure to have you or your spouse present to help out.

Help Arrange A Dinner Party

If your parent is making new friends at the facility, consider helping to arrange a dinner party for these new companions. You can offer to cook the meal, or you can arrange to have it catered by a local restaurant. Help to clean the apartment, and make arrangements to bring in fresh flowers and new table linens to set a beautiful table for the evening. You may want to leave after the party starts, but be sure to come back later to help clean up.

Planning fun visits and events can help to make your parent still feel like part of the family, and it can help to make the move to assisted living like United Methodist Village feel less lonely. Talk to your loved one about these ideas as you discuss the transition to assisted living.