Moving your loved one into assisted living can be an emotional and complex process. Choosing the right day or even the right time of year to make the move isn’t easy! If you have the flexibility to choose your date, then fall is the perfect time of year to make the transition. Here’s why, from our beautiful assisted living community in South Jersey.
Why Fall is the Perfect Time of Year to Move into Assisted Living
#1 – Comfortable Weather
The heat of summer is gone, and the weather is comfortably cool, which is perfect for seniors and anyone who is helping them move. Many seniors find it challenging to tolerate heat and humidity, which can cause headaches, dizziness, swelling around the joints, and even confusion – especially if your loved one has a dementia condition. Fall weather is also easier on anyone doing the heavy lifting, making it much more tolerable to get hard work done without the risk of dehydration or heatstroke.
#2 – Transition Season
Fall is a season of change when the rush and energy of spring and summer make way for a gentler, softer atmosphere. It’s naturally the time of year when we prepare for changes ahead, creating the mindset needed for a big move such as this one. And because it’s cool but still an outdoor season, it’s easier for your loved one to get involved in the community’s activities, whether they are social occasions, hobby clubs, or simply sharing a meal with neighbors.
#3 – Avoiding the Rush
Families tend to wait until the end of the year to make the move into assisted living for a number of reasons. From wanting to use the holidays or annual leave as a moving day, wanting their loved one to stay with them through the holidays, or simply thinking it’s best for their loved one to start living in a new place in the new year, there’s usually a rush on assisted living community accommodation through November and December. This is especially common in assisted living communities that offer temporary senior accommodation, where families book their loved one a respite stay while they travel. Moving in during fall means you get to avoid that rush and have a wider range of assisted living choices – although we always recommend that the earlier you look, the better!
#4 – The Holidays are Just Around the Corner
Moving into assisted living in the fall gives your loved one time to adjust to their new community, as well as something to look forward to! Whether you’ll be spending time with them over the holiday season or you’re relying on the community’s fun-filled festive event calendar, there’s just enough time to settle in properly while still having plenty of things to look forward to and build those important social and companionship connections.
At UMC at The Shores, a United Methodist Communities assisted living facility in Cape May County, we take a holistic approach to caregiving that supports a full and independent life in a professional yet compassionate and fun community. We care deeply about each person in our care, balancing the need for strict protocols with our focus on active, healthy aging.
We cater to seniors with a wide range of needs, from those who are quite independent and want a close, companionable, and safe community life to seniors with dementia conditions who need additional care and attention.
For more information on our assisted living community in South Jersey, please contact us today or visit our website at https://umcommunities.org/theshores/
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