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We often hear that it takes a while for seniors to become comfortable in their new assisted living community. It’s important to remember that transitions can be difficult; especially when you’re older. Often, an elderly loved one is leaving their home of 40+ years, so many feel they are giving up their freedom. That being said, the transition is often necessary and ultimately a good one as senior living offers daily activities, socialization and care that is not available in the home environment.

If your loved one has any health conditions, such as dementia, this can also influence the transition. Dementia adds to confusion and behavior problems, which obviously can influence a smooth transition. I would talk to your mom’s doctor and care providers as they understand her health situation. Usually transitions to assisted living can take one to six months, so also keep that in mind. After this length of time, if your mom is still having a tough time, another move may be necessary. A health evaluation may help determine the level-of-care she needs. Memory care offers dementia services not available in assisted living, for example. If the difficult transition has nothing to do with your mom’s health, you may want to try to find an assisted living community that caters more to her specific interests or is a better fit.

Try to stay strong and patient. Your mom is lucky to have you as her support system to help her through this difficult transition!
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