Tips to Help Make the Transition to Assisted Living Easier

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At the MorningStar of Santa Fe assisted living and memory care community, we understand seniors may feel anxious when facing a move into assisted living.  Often the decision is necessitated by a sudden change in the person’s ability to continue to live safely at home.  Even if the decision is of a more gradual nature, it is still a big change; but there are things family member can do to help make it a smoother transition.   

One thing experts agree on is that you need to remember to include your senior loved one in on the plans.  This starts with including them in the process of choosing the community – remember it will be their new home.  When you forget to ask for their input, it can make them feel as it they are losing their independence. While it is time consuming to visit senior living communities, we suggest you only take your parent with you after you have narrowed the choices down to a couple.  Be sure to encourage their opinion and make sure they have an opportunity to ask questions during the community’s tour.  

Another thing your loved one will most likely need is help with the moving process.  If they are still living in the family home, they will have to do lots of downsizing, which in itself can be stressful.  Trying to decide what is important to keep, what to give away to family or friends, and what to donate or sell is not easy.  Keep in mind the move to their new home will be smoother if they have familiar furnishings and treasured mementos around them.  Also while respecting their feelings, gently remind them their new home may be smaller and they do not want to be overwhelmed with too much “stuff.”

While we finish the last few touches to MorningStar of Santa Fe in preparation for our Opening Celebration, we want area families to know we are here to answer any questions regarding the best senior living in Santa Fe.  We invite you to meet our friendly team in the Information Center next door to our construction site or give us a call.  

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true “home” for residents.  Situated on the west side of town, we invite you to give us a call or stop by our onsite Information Center for more details on the finest senior living in Santa Fe.

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