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9 Tips and Strategies to Ease the Transition to Memory Care

9 Tips and Strategies to Ease the Transition to Memory Care

A young woman gives her senior father a hug
November 20, 2023

Transitioning to a memory care community can be a significant change for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. At Astoria of Omaha, we understand this process and strive to make it as smooth and comfortable as possible. That is why our team has taken the time to list out 9 helpful tips and strategies that can help ease the transition to our memory care in Omaha

Keep reading to learn more about these strategies as well as get details about becoming an Astoria resident: 

#1.) Maximize the Benefits of Memory Care

Choosing a memory care community like Astoria of Omaha is not just about ensuring safety and specialized care; it’s about embracing a lifestyle that enriches the lives of those with memory loss. Here are some of the best benefits to choosing a specialized, memory care community:

Tailored Lifestyle and Enrichment

Astoria of Omaha offers a nurturing environment where residents can engage in activities that resonate with their personal interests, fostering a sense of purpose and joy.

Safety and Specialized Care

Our community provides a secure setting designed to prevent wandering and handle the unique challenges of memory loss with compassion and expertise.

Cognitive Stimulation and Social Interaction

Structured routines, social activities, and cognitive stimulation help in slowing the progression of memory-related conditions, enhancing the overall quality of life for residents.

Enhanced Quality of Life

The combination of personalized care, daily activities, and community living contributes to a higher quality of life for individuals with memory loss.

#2.) Visit the Community Together

Before the transition, visit Astoria of Omaha together. Familiarize yourself and your loved one with the environment, the staff, and the other residents. This helps to reduce anxiety and build comfort with the new surroundings. In addition to this, going on a tour together allows you to answer any questions you may have and get an up close look at the community. 

#3.) Personalize the Living Space

It is extremely important to make the new living space feel like home. Bring familiar items from home to personalize the room. This can include photos, favorite books, or a cherished blanket, helping to create a sense of familiarity and comfort. Even small tokens can go a long way in helping you to feel right at home/ 

#4.) Maintain Regular Communication

After your senior loved one moves in, it is very important to stay in regular contact. Frequent visits, phone calls, or video chats can help your loved one feel connected and reassured. At Astoria, we encourage family involvement and communication, especially during the upcoming holiday season. Even if you live a sizable distance from Astoria, technology makes it easier than ever to stay connected. Phone calls, video chat, email, and text messaging are all great tools for keeping in touch. 

#5.) Encourage Them to Be Involved in Activities

It is vital that you encourage participation in daily activities and outings. Astoria of Omaha offers a range of activities and outings that are customized to the unique interests and passions of our residents, helping them to feel engaged and fulfilled. From visits to museums and attending sporting events, to joining in on arts and crafts activities and cooking demonstrations, Astoria offers something for everyone!

Two senior friends play chess outdoors at the memory care in Omaha

#6.) Stay Positive and Reassuring

Your attitude can greatly influence your loved one’s experience. Stay positive and reassure them about the care and support they will receive at Astoria. Highlight the benefits and the opportunities to engage in enjoyable activities. 

However, at the same time, be sure to listen to them and validate their feelings. Due to their dementia, they may frequently forget where they are or the circumstances around their living situation. This can be frustrating as well as disorienting. Hear them out and offer up reassurances and take the time to answer their questions. 

#7.) Partner with the Care Team

No one goes at this transition alone, not even you! We encourage family members to work closely with the care team here at Astoria to ensure a smooth transition. Share important information about your loved one’s preferences, habits, and medical history. This partnership is vital for providing personalized care and helping your loved one feel right at home. 

#8.) Take Care of Yourself

Caregiving is taxing, even after your loved one has transitioned to Astoria for the first time. Remember to take care of your own emotional and physical well-being. Joining support groups or seeking counseling can be beneficial. At Astoria, we understand the emotional journey and offer resources for family members as well.

#9.) Try Our Short Term Stay First

At Astoria, we offer the option of short-term respite care, ranging from a few days to several months, as space and availability allow. This option is perfect for families needing a break or for those who want to experience our community before making a long-term commitment. During a respite stay, guests enjoy a furnished room (or their own furniture for longer stays), expert care, engaging activities, delicious homemade meals, and a safe and secure environment. It’s an excellent way to see how our community could be a good long-term fit for your loved one.

Tour Our Memory Care in Omaha

At Astoria of Omaha, we are committed to providing a nurturing and supportive environment for our residents. We believe that with the right care and support, those with memory loss can continue to live life to the fullest. Our memory care residents enjoy the same amenities and services as those in assisted living, but with the added benefit of a more secure environment and their own activity areas. Our goal is to make the transition to memory care a positive and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.

To learn more about our memory care in Omaha, contact us today! Schedule a time to take a tour and come and see for yourself just why Astoria would be a great fit for your senior loved one.