Transitioning into a new home can be a highly beneficial addition to your care routine for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease. This can enable you to bring them into a living environment that is safer and more accessible for them as they progress through their condition, whether that is on their own or in a home with you. Even if they recognize the benefits that this move can have for them, a senior with Alzheimer’s disease can feel disoriented and uncomfortable in their new surroundings. Taking time to ease them into their new home and make them as comfortable as possible can ease the risk of negative reactions and behaviors, and support a healthier, smoother, and less stressful transition.
Use these tips to help an elderly adult with Alzheimer’s disease feel more comfortable in their new home:
- Bring important familiar items from their old home and have them in place in their new home as quickly as possible. These can be pieces of furniture that they particularly enjoy using, decorative items, pictures of family, or even items that help them care for their pets. Seeing these items in place can help create a sense of security and comfort.
- Bring packed items to the new house gradually rather than waiting until the last day. This allows you to unpack as you go so that your parent is moving into an established home rather than a space filled with boxes.
- Have an elderly care provider ready to start care for your parent the day that they move in so that their care routine is consistent and predictable. Having their usual care tasks happen in the new space will help your parent get accustomed to the space and better understand it.
- Use sensory stimulation to create a sense of home. For example, if your parent has a particular candle or other air freshener that they like in their existing home, use this in their new space to create a feeling of familiarity and security in the new space.
Starting elderly care for your aging parent can be a fantastic way to enhance the care efforts you already give them and create a more fulfilling and engaged lifestyle as they age in place. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a fully customized schedule that will ensure they have continued, reliable access to the services that they need while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. This means that they can manage their individual limitations and needs in the ways that are right for them while also encouraging them to pursue a lifestyle that is as active and independent as possible throughout their later years. These services can include transportation, assistance with personal care needs and activities of daily living, physical support and assistance, companionship, and more.