Making the Move
Moving into an assisted living community is a significant life transition. Ideally the move is planned over a period of time. Unfortunately sometimes this transition occurs suddenly due to a change in condition of a parent or significant other. Prompted by a recent inpatient stay at a hospital or skilled nursing facility, families often scramble to choose a new home with little time to prepare.
There may be a sense of losing independence. An elderly person may feel that they are now at the mercy of others to care for them. However, it is important to understand that accepting care when needed can actually prolong and improve independence and health outcomes.