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Area Agency on Aging

Posted on: July 29, 2013

[ACTIVE] Adjusting To Life in a PCH/Assisted Living Facility

These facilities provide a safe setting and instant access to care. For to many people, this change in live status can be depressing. With time, adjustment usually takes place.

Tips for Staying Happy in an Assisted Living Facility

These strategies can help you find the best assisted living facility for yourself or a loved one and can make the transition easier:

• Get to know the staff in advance. Regardless of how nice a facility may look, it’s the staff that you or your loved one will be interacting with on a daily basis. Observe the relations between staff and residents. Are the relationships mutually respectful? Does the interest of the staff seem genuine? Do the residents trust and appreciate the staff?

• Make sure management engages with residents. See if the community has a regular resident council where residents can express their concerns to community management.

• Keep your family involved in the facility. Residents who have regular family visits tend to be much happier and better adjusted.

•Socialize. One of the best parts of assisted living is that it offers seniors a chance to interact with others on a daily basis. Assisted living facilities offer programs to stimulate interpersonal relations, grow friendships, and help people make new friends and learn new interests.

•Become a mentor. If you’re new to the facility, you can be a valuable member of the community by helping those with needs greater than your own. It will increase your physical and emotional health and help you to feel valued, needed, and worthwhile.

•Stay busy during the day. If you’re having problems sleeping, staying involved in activities throughout the day can be an excellent remedy. Avoid daytime naps and get daily exercise. Do not overuse alcohol or sleeping medications. Talk to the medical staff about any sleep problems.

Above all, don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel changes should be made. Try to meet the families of other residents, see if your concerns are shared, and approach the staff from a position of constructive strength.

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