Moving your loved one into a senior living community is a big adjustment, for both the senior and their family. Maybe Mom lived with you for the past 3 years, or you stopped by Dad’s house on the way home from work every day. What happens now that they’ve become settled into their new home in a senior living community?
Often, when a resident moves in, it’s because the family has realized their loved one needs more care than they are able to provide, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to let go of that caregiver role.
As you settle into your new but familiar role as the daughter or son, know that there are an abundance of opportunities to stay involved in your loved one’s life in a Senior Living Community!
Northbridge tip – you should definitely stop in for a meal prepared by our Culinary Directors, your taste buds will thank you!
Here are 3 ways Northbridge works to create a welcoming environment for the family of a resident moving into a community:
1. Family visits
We encourage you to visit as much, or as little, as you like! Location is a big factor when choosing an assisted living community – check out our blog, What to Know Before Researching Senior Living Online, to learn more. You most likely chose the location of the community based on if it was on the way home from work, or near your house. Or maybe on how far it was from your house – don’t worry, we don’t judge. After your first few visits to a community you will realize that our associates are stopping to say hi to you and are telling you all about the programs that your family is participating in. You’ll start meeting your loved one’s new friends and might even be told that mom or dad are busy when you stop by – don’t take it personally, you haven’t been to Happy Hour at our community – it’s a can’t miss event!
2. Open lines of communication
Do you have questions about mom or dad’s care plan? Are you curious about what programs they are taking part in? Have concerns about them sticking to a diet? You are always welcome to connect with our team of dedicated directors to be sure all of your questions are answered. We will also be sure to reach out to you with any changes we notice or anything you should be kept in the loop on. The longer your loved one is a resident, the more comfortable you will feel connecting with our directors about any questions or concerns you may have. You can learn more about the Directors at all of our communities by visiting our Meet the Team page. Click here to meet the directors at our newest community, The Mariner Marblehead!
3. Invitation to Events
A little known fact about senior living communities, we love a good theme and we throw a great party! We often have special celebrations where we invite families to celebrate with their loved ones and enjoy food prepared by our talented culinary teams! If you would like to join mom/dad in an Artists In Residence Signature Program, just ask and we will do our best to accommodate the request. Want to experience Happy Hour? Reach out to the Engagement Director and ask when the next one is; we love for our families to experience the amazing engagement opportunities available to our residents!
Moving into a Senior Living Community is a big adjustment to all involved so be patient and give your loved one and yourself time to settle into a new routine. Moving into a Northbridge Senior Living Community feels like adding to your already amazing family! We will welcome your loved one into their new home and invite them and you to join our Northbridge family. We will see you at fun events and celebrations, catch up with you on weekly visits and be a listening ear or shoulder to lean on if you need it.
We look forward to welcoming you into our Northbridge family where we are all about Living Well and Loving Life – and a good Happy Hour!
Our Northbridge family extends to all parts of New England from the South Coast of Massachusetts to the Lakes Region in Maine – click here to find a Northbridge community near you!
Discover life at a Northbridge community
If you’re considering senior living for yourself or a family member, we hope you’ll visit one of our communities. You’ll find a maintenance-free, activity-filled and engaging lifestyle to help support your wellness goals.
You’ll also discover many benefits in a Northbridge Senior Living community, including our Signature Program S.T.A.R. Club (Sharp Thinking, Active Residents) – which offers our residents several activities to participate in with others, including:
- Daily exercise group
- Walking club
- Tai Chi & yoga
- Nutritional classes
- Library and book club
- Museum outings
- Artists in residence program
- Multi-generational music
- Genealogy Generations
If you are considering senior living as the right choice for yourself or a loved one, we invite you to Find a Northbridge Community near you to learn more. We look forward to getting to know you!