If you’re working on behalf of a senior parent or other loved on to explore senior living opportunities in the Federal Way area you may feel like you’re making all of the decisions—even though you’re not the one moving in! And getting a loved one to embrace the idea of a new living situation is sometimes a challenge. As the old adage goes: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”
There is, however, a resource at your disposal that you may not be considering. You’ve probably heard that community is one of the keys to a successful transition from living in a private residence to a living in a senior community. But how can you take advantage of that?
You can’t make friends for your dad or mom. But you can ensure that he or she at least gets to meet some of the other members of the community. Before moving in (and maybe a time or two after moving in) go “exploring” around the facility. Whenever you see a group of residents playing cards, or talking, or sitting by the fire, walk your mom or dad up to the group and introduce him or her as “the new kid on the block.” You’ll be amazed at how quickly a sizable group of residents will know your parent by sight (and often by name!). You could even drop hints to some of the people to stop by your parent’s room as they are on their way to meals.
Remember: Even if you’re a caregiver or a major decision-maker for someone headed into a new senior community living situation, you really don’t have to do everything yourself. Learn to lean on the community a little. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how they respond.
Here’s a glance at some of the activities at Village Green that provide residents with the opportunity to interact and build relationships.