How long does it take to adjust to a new type of life? That all depends on the individual. Don’t misunderstand, though, because making a significant change in life is stressful. It is stressful for everyone, even for somebody who has just bought a new house for the first time in their life and they are completely excited about the prospect of moving in. For an elderly loved one who is moving into assisted living, though, they might not be looking forward to this as they had when they first moved into their new home many, many years ago. That’s okay.
For an elderly loved one who is moving into assisted living, though, they might not be looking forward to this as they had when they first moved into their new home many, many years ago. That’s okay.
Assisted living can be great for aging men and women who have difficulty at home, no longer wish to deal with regular upkeep and maintenance of their house, or are facing other challenges, like significant health issues or a form of dementia, like Alzheimer’s.
How long it takes an elderly person to adjust will vary.
Every person is different. Some people will adjust to their new assisted living home much more quickly than others. Even somebody who was reluctant to choose assisted living for their future may move in, settle in, make friends, and adjust within a matter of days.
Another elderly person may actually look forward to assisted living, have known all about its benefits for years, and take weeks or months to really settle in.
There is no real way to predict how each person is going to react to this new living environment. And that’s okay.
The key is for family and friends not to make critical mistakes that could prolong the adjustment time for some seniors. What is one of those key mistakes?
Calling or stopping by to visit too often.
Sure, you want them to be safe, comfortable, and happy, but if they are waiting in their room for your call or visit every day, they are not getting out to explore. They are not making new friends. They are not settling in and getting comfortable with different rooms and facilities throughout the building.
It’s easy to be tempted to call frequently because you worry about this senior and their temperament, but the best thing is to schedule a time each day when you will call and encourage that senior to get out and explore the area.
By avoiding the most common mistake family members seem to make, you will help your elderly loved one adjust, but they will adjust on their time in their own way. You can’t force this.