“I just want one more Christmas at home.”
Moving into a senior living community is already a complex and complicated decision. Many seniors don’t even want to have the conversation (we can help with that!), especially around the holidays. If you’re an adult child who is considering senior living for your parent, grandparent, or other loved one, you may have heard the objection above, among a host of other objections. It begs the question, when is it the right time to move? It’s a difficult question many elders and their adult children face as their parents age. While many seniors appear happy and healthy in their homes, there may be signs that moving to a senior living community may be right for them. It may even improve their quality of life! And, moving during the holidays might be a better idea than you think.
If senior living is already on your radar, you should already be having conversations about moving. Bringing the idea of senior living up early also means bringing it up before it is really needed. This allows for more autonomy in the decision-making process, and planning ahead also eases everyone’s anxiety. Too often, families have these conversations under duress after an unexpected illness or an accident. During the holidays, you are more likely to be around your family. Take advantage of this opportunity to have these important conversations with your parents, siblings, and other family members this decision will impact.
First, consider your loved one’s actual situation. The holiday season is incredibly busy, and while you may have time scheduled to visit for dinner or to exchange gifts, there is probably plenty of time that your parent may be alone. Loneliness, depression, and seasonal affective disorder are very real and can significantly impact your parent’s mood and happiness. Emotions are heightened around the holidays, positive and negative, which means any feelings of sadness may be exponentially higher this time of year. In a senior living community, your loved one is never alone! Other residents quickly become neighbors and friends. And there are always plenty of events to keep them happy, healthy, and busy! We are dedicated to our value of socialization!
Next, think about your parents’ desire to stay at home. Are they going to be overwhelmed planning an expensive dinner party or gathering? While it may be tradition to go home for the holidays, why not start a new tradition this year? Host your holiday gathering in your home, or better yet, have everyone visit our community! We have spacious dining rooms and gathering spaces available for your celebrations. Ease the burden from everyone this year by gathering in a Tradition’s community.
Finally, many other families may be in a similar situation to yours. Waiting. That means the supply is greater, and there may be more abundant options for your parents to choose from. Take advantage of this! You may be more likely to get the exact room in the exact community with the exact view you are looking for.
Moving to a senior living community during the holidays means your parents are being welcomed into a community when everyone is happy and the community is bustling with cheer. Your parents are sure to meet new people and make new friends during this cheerful holiday season. Events like pictures with Santa, holiday feasts, and craft bazaars make this an exciting time to move in!