A reader named Denise asked a great question about activities while preparing to move into an assisted living community. She asked:
I would like to hear more about activities that can be done with my mom while she is in my home awaiting the transition to assisted living. I loved the articles by the activity director. I used her suggestions and found a wonderful facility for my mom for Feb. 1. I interviewed the activity director and she was very helpful. Thank you for the help. Denise and family
Some good suggestions are to keep your mom involved in activities of daily living (ADLs) like food preparation and laundry. Start preparing her for the transition by shopping for items that she may want to put in her new home.
If the new community has outings, participate in one of them and bring your mom there to have lunch with the other residents. Try to involve your mom in all the community entertainment before her arrival. While at your home, work on a scrapbook together of memorable photos and occasions that she will be able to bring with her. This is always comforting to bring a little piece of family with her on the day of the move. The waiting period can cause anxiety, so it will be important to keep her engaged during her time at home. You want to avoid a situation where she can sit and mull over the move.
If she is interested in crafts, bead stringing or other projects are always good ideas. Making simple recipes or baking cookies for her ” new friends” will help her connect in her new community as well. In short, I would visit there often and start the transition process before she physically moves in.