Preparing Your Loved One for the Move

Once you select the community that will best meet your loved one’s needs, it’s time to start planning for the move. Moving can be a stressful experience for anyone, especially a person with dementia. Most family caregivers feel just as anxious about the move. Here are some helpful tips to smooth the transition to the person’s new home.

  • Don’t lie to the person with dementia as this leads to distrust. Instead, be honest and provide as much information as appropriate about the move.
  • It may be a good idea to include another trusted party when discussing the move, i.e. clergy or a physician.
  • Depending on the person’s ability to participate, involve them as much as possible. Offering choices can make the process easier.
  • It’s important for family members to maintain a positive attitude so that the person with dementia feels safe and secure.
  • Try to have personal belongings in place before introducing your loved one to their new home. Choose a few familiar items to help the person feel more comfortable.
  • Provide as much background information as possible to the community. Maintaining daily routines will help the person feel more at ease.


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