Eventually, it will come time to help your loved one transition into an Alzheimers care facility. Your family will face many difficulties and a time of sorrow, but ultimately you are making the right decision. The level of support your loved one will receive at an Alzheimers care facility is unmatched by any other option.
Still, it is natural for everyone to have anxiety about this upcoming paradigm change. In fact, the greatest fear for 55% of survey respondents is that long term care will be a burden on their families. Here are some ideas to help quell the anxiety of transitioning into memory care centers.
- Have Open Discussions
Talk to your loved one frankly. Let them know how much they mean to you and how you will do anything you can to help. Explain how an assisted living home will make everyone’s lives easier in the long run.
- Meet the Specialized Caregivers
Take the time to introduce your loved one to the people who will be taking care of them. This is the best way to assuage the pre-move jitters.
- Be There Through Every Step
During the move, make it clear that you intend to be around. Make your loved one feel at home in their new place. Whether this means helping them decorate or just sitting by their side, do it. It will make both of you feel better.
- Visit Frequently
These visits might take a lot of courage and emotional strength, but you will both be much happier for it. Comfort is key when dealing with anxiety. Help your loved one feel comfortable, even if you might not feel so comfortable yourself.
- Call When You Can
When you can’t make it out for a visit, or if you are just on a lunch break, give your loved one a call. Sometimes just hearing each other’s voice is enough to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Dementia is a difficult disease to live with, but it is manageable with the right tools. Long term care is broadly necessary, but so is being there to help them through it all. As long as you can show your loved one that they are not a burden, but a cherished individual, you should quell transitional anxiety for good.