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5 Tips for a Smooth Transition to Senior Living

Making the move to a senior living community is often a highly recommended step to preserve the well-being for individuals and their families.

That said, big changes or shifts in life will initially require you and your loved one to go through some challenging processes.

Moving to a senior living community can be significantly less stressful for your aging parents if certain steps are taken.

In this post, we’re sharing five helpful tips to help make the transition to senior living as smooth as possible.

1. Start Downsizing Now.

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Whether your parent has lived in the same house for 5 years or 50 years, the moving and downsizing process can be an overwhelming task for everyone involved.

Which is why the sooner you start downsizing, the better.

Break the process into smaller tasks and plan it out week by week.

Figure out which items will be necessary in your parent’s new home versus what can be donated, passed down, or, if needed, placed in storage.

This way, your parent will be more easily able to emotionally work through letting go of items he or she will no longer need once living in a senior living community.

2. Make the Living Space Feel like Home.

Just because your loved one will be moving into a new residence does not mean the new setting won’t be a new home.

One way to help your parent feel at home in the new space is to plan out the furniture layout and decorative items in a way that will put him or her at ease.

If possible, you can even mimic the previous living space and arrange items as they were in the past.

At The Ashford communities, we offer a range of floor plans to meet the needs of residents.

Whether your parent wants a full kitchen to cook meals or a patio to enjoy afternoon tea, your parent can select a plan that matches the desired lifestyle.

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To receive information on floor plans at The Ashford at Sturbridge, opening in fall 2018, contact us here.

3. Encourage Involvement in Community Activities.

Perhaps you know your mother is happiest when she is singing along to her favorite songs–and, therefore, the senior living choir group would be a terrific match.

Or your father’s mind is most stimulated and engaged when discussing the recent novel he read–making the community book club discussion group an excellent extracurricular choice.

Whatever your parent’s passions may be, encourage him or her to sign up and try out a range of community activities as soon as he or she moves in.

Not only are these activities great ways to engage the body and mind–but they are also helpful when it comes to meeting other residents and becoming socially involved right away.

At The Ashford communities, new residents can seamlessly get involved in exciting weekly activities, such as regular outings, group games (such as Mahjong–a resident favorite!), special dining events, group exercise classes, and more.

Whether at The Ashford on Broad, The Ashford of Mt. Washington, or The Ashford at Sturbridge, engaging in these offerings will enable your mother or father to feel engaged and happy after making the move to senior living.

4. Schedule Family Visits.



Even though your parent is making the move into a new social community, he or she will have more peace of mind with scheduled family visits.

Being able to look forward to seeing familiar faces will make all the difference for your parent as he or she transitions into a new home.

Make sure that different family members–whether they be grandchildren, children, siblings, or extended family–make time to visit your loved one within the first few days or weeks.

Be sure to let your parent know when to expect each visit–hang up a calendar in the new living space that designates when loved ones will be stopping by.

5. Develop a Relationship with the Caregivers.



At The Ashford communities, each of our team members has a compassionate heart, a great attitude, and past experience providing senior care.

Our caregivers ensure personalized care and take the necessary time to get to know each resident as a whole person.

Developing a bond with your parent’s caregiver will give both you and your parent greater peace of mind and ease.

The experience of making the move to senior living will be rewarding–but the transition process will be smoother if you incorporate these five tips.

If you have any questions regarding transitioning to senior living, we invite you to contact The Ashford communities, and we’ll be happy to answer them.

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4 Assisted Living Myths Debunked

When it comes to making decisions related to assisted living, individuals and family members should take the necessary steps to get a clear and honest picture of what their options are.

A large part of the assisted living research process is getting clear on what’s true–and what’s hearsay.

There are many commonly held false beliefs when it comes to caregiving methods, medications, levels of care, mental health, and beyond.

If you’re considering assisted living as an option for your parent–yet feel uncertain about the validity of certain advice you’ve come across–this post will come in handy.

Read on to clear up confusion and misinformation surrounding four common myths about assisted living.

1. Moving to an Assisted Living Community Means Losing a Sense of Independence.


Some seniors and their families assume that making the move to an assisted living community will mean the end of their independence.

However, with various choices of floor plans, activities, levels of care, and more, there could be nothing further from the truth.

Assisted living communities provide a safe environment with the right amount of assistance to enable residents to live more fully and independently.

No longer will you have to worry about your mother’s safety when making trips to the grocery store, or your father’s well-being as he attempts to cook dinner.

Doing away with the hassles of daily life, while maintaining independence and a rich life, is what assisted living is all about.

2. Residents in Assisted Living Get Less Personalized Attention Than They Would If They Lived at Home.

You may assume that with the numerous seniors residing in a senior living community, your parent will receive less personalized attention.

However, many assisted living communities have an impressive caregiver to resident ratio–ensuring that each resident receives the necessary attention and care.

At The Ashford communities, we provide a primary caregiver for each of our residents.

Our caregivers take the necessary time to not only care for each resident appropriately–but also get to know him or her on a deep and personalized level.

On the other hand, family members who attempt to serve as caregivers at home will often experience burnout and resentment–impacting the level and quality of care provided.

3. Assisted Living Is a Sad, Isolating Place for Seniors.

The media and pop culture of today often overly dramatize and skew the vision of life at an assisted living community.

Though some people may believe that assisted living communities are lonely and depressing places for seniors–the truth is quite the contrary.

Many assisted living communities are friendly, positive, and homey settings that provide seniors with a wonderful social life and enriched lifestyle.

With an easily accessible network of peers, stimulating extracurricular activities, delicious and nutritious meals, and kind and down-to-earth caregivers, many residents’ only regret is that they didn’t make the move earlier.

It may require some searching to find the right fit for your parent, but in the end, assisted living communities will add ease, safety, comfort, and joy to your loved one’s life.

4. Living in Assisted Living Means Seniors Will Have to Give Up Their Hobbies.


Concerned that a move to an assisted living community will mean that your mother will need to give up her passion for gardening?

Or that your father will no longer have the ability to play chess and socialize with peers?

Think again.

Assisted living communities provide a wide range of activities to satisfy even the most particular of residents.

These communities make it a point to enable residents to continue to explore their passions and interests while ensuring increased safety and ease of daily life.

Don’t let myths like these hold your parent back from making the move to an assisted living community.

Hesitating to make the move for the above reasons only holds your parent back from living a fuller and safer life.

The Ashford communities provide assisted living options designed to replace an uncertain future with personalized support, social engagement, and peace of mind.

Call us today to schedule a tour of our Ashford on Broad, Ashford of Mt. Washington, and Ashford at Sturbridge (scheduled to open in fall 2018) communities, and see what we have to offer your parent!