Just like going away to college or relocating to a new city, transitioning into an assisted living Milwaukee WI community involves significant changes for everyone involved. Even when you and your aging loved ones agree that moving is the best choice, it’s important to understand there will be a multitude of emotions, both positive and negative, that come along with it.
Help your parents feel more comfortable in their new home by working as a team with the staff, other family members, and the physician. Your loved ones will have a more successful and smooth transition if you remember a few steps.
Think back to your first day of grade school or your first “real” job. It may have been very intimidating for you. Not knowing anyone and being in unfamiliar surroundings is, frankly, scary. It’s the same for your seniors. It can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days for them to feel content in a different location. It may take a while to make friends, meet the staff, and get to know the daily schedule. Try not to push too hard or be unhappy that your parents need time to adjust.
What the Seniors Should Do
There are a few things that your loved ones can do for themselves to make the transition easier. First, they need to keep an open mind to change. Before moving, they should take a tour of the assisted living Milwaukee WI facility, choose the apartment or room they’d like to live in, discuss the move openly, and be sure that everyone involved understands and is prepared. If the seniors still feel anxious, they need to continue asking questions, both before and after the move.
Then, once they transition to the facility, your loved ones need to socialize. Encourage them not to hide out in their apartment all day. Making a friend or two will have a considerable effect on feeling welcome. Seniors should walk around the building and get to know their surroundings. Greeting the staff and other residents with a smile and a “hello” goes a long way.
How the Family Can Help
If your parents have been in their home for an extended time, remember that they are emotionally invested in it. Lots of lovely memories may bring out apprehension and sadness. Give them time to grieve. Also, they may feel like they’ve lost control, so allow them as many choices as possible, especially when downsizing their belongings. Let them bring lots of personal items like photos, artwork, military medals, a favorite chair, etc. to make it feel like home.
Let other family members grieve as well. They may feel guilty about not being able to care for mom and dad at home. But remember, this move is for the best. It will offer everyone the opportunity to spend quality time together as a family and not just as their caretakers. This move will enhance their lives and well-being.
Balance time together with time apart. While it’s essential to stay in touch by phone and frequently visit, encourage your loved ones to socialize and get involved with the activities at the facility. Meeting people and having fun is the best way for them to feel more welcome.
Transitioning an aging parent can bring on many emotions. Each family has a unique circumstance, but the staff at Villa St. Francis is here to help. Reserve a time and date for a tour, and we’ll be happy to show you our community and answer all of your questions. Call us today!
Your parents are getting older, and for now, they’re healthy and happy at home. But what about next year? Or next month? Situations can change quickly. Many seniors prefer living at home and staying independent for as long as possible. However, others are happily moving to an assisted living center for benefits that aren’t otherwise available.
Certainly, the day will come when you must decide whether your parents need additional help. They may be reluctant to move. But the truth is, when it comes to quality of life, a senior living facility might be the best choice for their health and welfare. Senior care is an excellent alternative for those who need more help than the family can provide. Understanding what an assisted living community offers will make it easier to choose the best option for their situation.
Advantages of Assisted Living and Senior Care
Assisted living communities are bright, happy, stimulating, and offer a variety of care levels. Here are some of their benefits:
A Safe Living Environment
Do you worry about your parents falling or getting injured? Even adding a few modifications to their home is costly and may not keep them completely safe. Assisted living provides a secure and comfortable, stress-free environment. There are grab bars in bathrooms, handrails in hallways, proper lighting, extra safety precautions in every room, and medical attention immediately available if necessary. Residents have a setting designed especially for them.
Daily Living Assistance
Are you exhausted from running to your loved one’s home to help with bathing, dressing, and other daily activities? It’s time to be their child again and not their nurse. One of the most basic principles of assisted living is to help residents with these activities, so they can feel independent and keep their dignity.
Intellectual Stimulation and Social Activities
Are your parents spending time just watching television or staring out the window? Assisted living centers offer opportunities to learn new hobbies, such as gardening, take computer classes, join book clubs, etc. When people live alone, they often become isolated, which contributes to the decline of their physical and mental health. By moving to assisted living communities, residents socialize and stay connected with volunteers, residents, and staff through outings and activities. Even watching television with others is more fun.
Physical Fitness and Activities
Are your parents sedentary and losing their balance and muscle tone? Many assisted living communities offer exercise classes and gym equipment to encourage better fitness. Outdoor areas allow residents to take walks, practice Tai Chi, yoga, and other light exercises in the fresh air.
More Nutritious Meals
Have you become concerned about what your parents are eating? Unfortunately, seniors don’t always eat what and when they should. Fast food or junk food become their “go-to” meals.
Assisted living centers understand that grocery shopping, planning menus, and cooking can be a burden. They offer nutritious food three times a day, created for residents’ individual needs and medical conditions. Fresh and nutrient-dense meals, in a wide variety of choices, are made every day.
No More Housekeeping or Driving
Do your parents rely on you to drive them to appointments, shopping, church, and clean their home or do laundry? Fortunately, assisted living facilities take care of all that. Even residents who are still very independent find it challenging to keep up and don’t mind handing over the work to someone else. Senior care centers provide cleaning and laundry service and free transportation to shopping centers, church, medical appointments, concerts, other community events, and more.
Help your loved ones enjoy their senior years without worrying about home upkeep, safety issues, cooking, or daily personal activities. Instead, let them take pleasure in visiting with friends, learning new things, and living stress-free.
Learn More Through Villa St. Francis
If you are unsure of what the next steps of care should be, contact Villa St. Francis. We are a community specializing in independent living, assisted living, and healthcare living for seniors in Greater Milwaukee.
We invite you to contact us to take a comprehensive tour. We’re certain you and your family will feel right at home at Villa St. Francis. Call today!
Milwaukee, WI April 22, 2019
Villa St. Francis is proud and excited to announce the launch of their newly designed website. Created by Debra Lopez Public Relations, this new site is designed with the user in mind. It’s easier to navigate, with more photos, educational content, frequently asked questions, and offers many new features for a better online experience. Everyone is invited to explore the site at www.villastfrancis.org.
With its updated look and feel, this new and refreshed website allows families and those looking for assisted living services to find the solution they need. It gives potential residents a complete understanding of the process of applying for and moving into the facility. In addition, there is an opportunity to take an online tour of apartment choices. People thinking of assisted living possibilities are just a click away from their new home.
About Villa St. Francis
On West Ohio Avenue on the south side of Milwaukee, Villa St. Francis is also conveniently located near St. Francis Hospital. Villa St. Francis provides a caring, home-like living environment for more than 100 residents with a variety of care needs. Whether you are an independent senior looking for a minimal level of assistance and the camaraderie and support of a group living environment, or someone who needs help with a variety of activities of daily living, Villa St. Francis could be the perfect place to live life to the fullest.
“Everyone at Villa St. Francis is committed to providing a safe and loving home for all of our residents”, President/CEO Sue Seegert explains. “We ensure that each resident has a dignified existence and their rights are promoted and protected.”
Experience the Difference
Villa St. Francis invites the community to review the new website, then come for a tour of the facility. Experience for yourself the difference that Villa St. Francis’ quality, care, and commitment are making in so many lives.