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Ask the Experts: How Can I Prepare My Parent for Their Transition Into An Assisted Living Facility?

Q: How can I prepare my parent for their transition into an assisted living facility?

A: Moving a loved one to an assisted living community can be a challenge, but there are ways to make it easier for the entire family. Here are just a few:

Try to recreate the feeling of home in their new apartment or room with pictures on the wall, a favorite blanket on the bed, or arranging furniture in a familiar way.

Discuss their interests with community staff who can introduce them to related programs and fellow residents who also enjoy them.

Find ways to stay connected. Offer technology that allows them to contact family through phone calls, email, or video chatting.

—Stacy Robinson, Content Writer, Eskaton
5105 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael, 866-375-2866,