The holidays are often painted as a serene scene filled with warmth, shared meals, and family stories retold by the fireside. It’s no wonder that when it comes to our older parents, the idea of “one last holiday in the family home” seems like the perfect gift, a nostalgic trip down memory lane. However, it may be time to reframe our perspective and understand why moving to assisted living before the holidays might actually be the most loving decision you can make.
6 reasons why a move to assisted living before the holidays just makes sense
1. Settling in takes time. Moving to an assisted living community is a significant change for most older adults. By moving your loved one prior to the holidays, you give them ample time to settle in, make new friends, and get used to their new surroundings. Think about it – wouldn’t it be wonderful for Mom or Dad to share the holiday season with both old and new friends?
2. Transitions can be emotionally challenging. The holiday season, filled with joy and festivities, can also bring up strong emotions, memories, and sometimes even a sense of loss. Transitioning from a home full of memories can be emotionally challenging. Combining these emotions with the holidays might be overwhelming for your parent. By moving before the festive season kicks off, you allow space and time for them to process this significant change.
3. Senior living communities put winter safety first. The safety benefits of assisted living – from 24-hour care to emergency response systems – are undeniable. That is especially true in parts of the country where winter weather can be severe. With winter’s icy slipping hazards, arctic temperatures, and the flu season, there’s peace of mind in knowing your parent is in a warm, supervised environment that promotes safety.
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4. Freedom from household chores, responsibilities, and burdens. Instead of dealing with the responsibilities of both routine and unexpected home maintenance, Mom or Dad can truly enjoy the festive season without worries. They can immerse themselves in various activities, holiday-themed events, and social gatherings that many senior living communities offer.
5. A new kind of festivity. Assisted living communities go all out during the holiday season, often with decorations, carol singing, live music, gift exchanges, festive meals, and more. The communities usually see an uptick in visiting family members too. Being part of these celebrations can help ease the transition and create new, joyous memories.
6. You’ll get back some of your own quality time. Instead of you juggling between holiday preparations and ensuring your parent’s well-being, moving them to an assisted living community before the holidays means you can truly cherish the moments you spend together. Your visits can be filled with quality conversations and shared activities, rather than chores and checklists.
The decision to transition a loved one to assisted living isn’t easy. The heart often tugs in the direction of familiar settings, traditions, and routines. But remember, you’re considering this move out of love and concern for their well-being. And sometimes, the most loving decisions require us to think a little differently, to prioritize safety, comfort, and quality of life over tradition.
May this holiday season be one of peace, understanding, and new beginnings for you and your loved ones. For more information about the assisted living lifestyle that a senior living community can offer, check out our free ebook, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living.