Senior living is something that a lot of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. While many people want to stay at home for as long as possible, this isn’t always a realistic option. This is especially true when your loved one is dealing with illness or injury as they age. But just because a senior living facility is the best option for them, doesn’t mean that it will be easy for them to accept this transition. Fortunately, there are ways that you can make the move to a senior living facility a bit easier.

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1. Research Carefully

Moving into a senior living facility is hard, but it’s easier when you know what you’re getting into. Work with your loved one to do your research (and assist theirs) about different senior living facilities. Don’t assume that the first option you stumble upon will be the best one. Focus on what would be the right match for them. Some facilities offer more activities and freedoms, while others focus more on additional assistance. What works for your loved one is highly dependent on where they are in life.

2. Take A Tour

While doing your research, you’ll probably find that there is nothing better than taking a tour of the facilities. You can do this by visiting the senior living facility and taking a tour with your loved one. Sometimes, tours are conducted at least in part by people living at the facility; at the very minimum, it will give your loved one an idea of how lives there. The National Center for Assisted Living estimates that 835,000 people live in assisted living facilities, so there is a vast range of experiences to be had within them.

3. Be Open

You may decide that an assisted living facility is perfect for your loved one. But you need to listen to them and be open to their feedback. In some cases, you may have the power of attorney, in which case much of the decision-making may be up to you. However, your loved one needs to be on board as well. The more open you are to feedback and discussion, the better.

This transition may be difficult at first. But in many cases, it’s well worth it for everyone.