My father has recently been accepted into a local assisted living home. He is used to being independent, but has recently had a stroke, and now requires some daily assistance. How can I help ease his transition into assisted living?
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Answered by: MySeniorCare Staff
Moving a loved one into an assisted living facility, especially one as close as your father can be a difficult process.
Start by putting yourself in their shoes, be empathic towards their situation. You can let him know that you too, wish him to remain as independent as possible, but that he could also benefit from some assistance.
Work with the assisted living facility to help introduce him to the staff and even the residents. The first few months are the most difficult, so visit as often as you can to help ease the transition.
Check in with him frequently to see if he needs are met, even asking if he needs some new books or videos are a good idea, try to make him feel at home as possible. The small things go a long way, and you want to make sure he feels loved and as close to everyone as he was before. Good luck!