How To Help Your Parents Adjust To Retirement Home Communities
Learning how to help your parents adjust to retirement home communities will ease their transition into a retirement community. Understand that this is a big step for your parents, and that it will take time for them to adjust. Here are a few steps to help your parents with the process.
- Talk to the social director at the retirement community. Ask to see a monthly calendar of events and offer feedback as to something your parents would like to do. Ask the social director if you can volunteer at the retirement community and help your parents make friends and adjust to the retirement home. Becoming active in your parents' retirement home helps them see a familiar face and allows them a feeling of comfort that will make it easier for them to adjust.
- Bring some of your parents' favorite comfort foods to the retirement home. If it is okay with the retirement community, surprise your parents with a favorite dish or treat. Again, surrounding your parents with familiar things makes the transition smoother and makes them more comfortable in their retirement home.
- Tour the retirement community with your parents. Let your parents show you around and introduce you to some of the residents that they know. If they made friends, they will be proud and want to share with you. If not, maybe they can introduce you to their favorite staff members at the retirement home.
- Bring childhood pictures to the retirement home to help your parents adjust to the retirement home community. Remembering the glory days takes your parents to a happier time. Bringing these pictures not only shows you care, but allows your parents an opportunity to share with the other residents of the retirement community. The other residents will secretly wish their son was as thoughtful.
- Mention your parent’s anniversary or birthday. Retirement home communities want to make their residents feel special. Most retirement home communities provide birthday parties for the residents to make them feel at home. Volunteer the information and show up at the party. This will create happy memories for your parents.
Having your parents adjust to retirement home communities is difficult. Retirement home communities can be lonely places in the beginning. Transitioning your parents to a new retirement community requires a special level of care. You owe a lot to your parents, so pay them back with the extra attention that they need now. You will be glad you did.