Adult children can help transition to retirement home
When it comes to transitioning to a retirement community, the "laundry list" might be longer than you think:
Seniors who have children in the local area, assuming they have a healthy relationship with their kids, have a tremendous advantage.
Most children want to be a part of the process and oversee some, if not all, components to the move.
This is most helpful to the parent for a number of reasons, but most importantly it demonstrates a sincere sense of caring and ultimately approving of their parent's new home and community.
The more involvement children have in this transition process, the more confidence they will have in their parents' decision, which in turn gives their parents a feeling of validation and comfort, knowing they have 100 percent support from their kids.
Of course, every situation is different. Some seniors are extremely diligent in preparing for this phase of their life, while others tend to let fate control their destiny.
There are many factors that must be addressed before one makes a commitment to a senior retirement community. If your children are involved in all facets of the process, there will be less stress for all involved and most likely a decision that will prove to have been the right one.
If you don't have children or they live so far away that they can't offer any assistance, it's important to have someone to help in this major event.
Ask a close friend if he or she can provide some guidance and feedback to help ease the burden of such a stressful event. Don't go it alone!
Joe Agee is the marketing and sales director for The Seabrook of Hilton Head. www.TheSeabrook.org