Making the decision to move your loved one to full-time memory care is a huge change for your entire family. Here are three tips that will help make your loved one’s move-in day just a little easier on them.
- Be An Earlybird. Sundowning refers to a time in the late afternoon and early evening when people living with dementia may experience added confusion, agitation, depression, or fatigue. Because this is such a common dementia symptom, it’s best not to add more to your loved one’s emotional load by introducing such a big life change at a time of day when they may be unable to fully process what is happening. Make sure they get a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast before you head our way in the morning or early afternoon!
- Touches of Home. Autumn Leaves rooms come fully furnished for your convenience, but we encourage you to bring something familiar from home that will bring extra comfort to your loved one. It may be a favorite recliner, a well-loved blanket or pillow, or a special decorative item that will spark a happy memory. And don’t forget to bring lots of family photos! Whatever it is, having something in their room that they recognize and associate with home will make it feel like a warm and welcoming space.
- Share A Meal. Bring a favorite meal (or have it delivered) for your family to enjoy together after you’ve gotten your loved one moved in and unpacked. After a day filled with big changes, new spaces, and new faces, ending the day with something meaningful and familiar can go a long way to end your day on a positive note.