Transitioning to an Assisted Living Facility

One of the biggest transitions that many older adults face is the move to an assisted living facility and lifestyle. Leaving their own home or a family home to move into a care facility can be intimidating, whether it’s waking up in the morning unsure of where they are or needing to leave some of their precious belongings at home. Making the transition run smoothly is a priority for many of the families that we work with at Senior Care Lifestyles.

Work with Senior Care Lifestyles

At Senior Care Lifestyles, we work with families and seniors individually to evaluate their needs and find the right care facility for them. We pre-tour and research every facility we recommend, because we know how important peace of mind is for your family. We also work with all of our clients to evaluate their budget and see how it aligns with all of the possible options, including assisted living and independent living facilities. Our evaluation of current and future needs greatly helps with the transition process.

Sort Quickly and Efficiently

The most difficult part of moving into an assisted living facility for many seniors is sorting through all of their things. 50 or 60 years’ worth of belongings can mean a lot of work! If possible, sort through objects as a team to decide what to keep, give away, sell and throw away. Be gracious throughout the process and don’t push your loved one to get rid of everything at once. It’s perfectly fine to pare down belongings now as they transition into assisted living and then pare them down again in the future.

Decorate Before They Arrive

Another great way to ease the transition into an assisted living facility is decorating and furnishing the room before your loved one arrives. Bring all of their mementos, photographs and furniture along to set up so that it feels like home when they arrive. Throughout the year, decorate for holidays and keep the room lively and bright. If the facility feels like home, your loved one will miss their former home much less.

Partner with Senior Care Lifestyles

We can guide you through the process of exploring what options are available for your loved ones, including in-home care and senior living communities. We have assisted hundreds of families with finding effective and affordable solutions for their loved ones. Get in touch today by calling 410-220-2300!

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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