How to Ease Your Loved One into an Assisted Living or Independent Living Community

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Some seniors are hesitant to make the leap to an assisted living or independent living community because they fear it will be nerve-racking to transition to a completely new lifestyle. This adjustment period can take a bit of a toll if not handled with care, but there are a few things you can do to help ensure that your loved one is feeling great during this journey. Let’s look at some of the things that you can do to help ease your loved one into an assisted living or independent living community.


Keeping the lines of communication open is crucial for individuals transitioning into assisted or independent living. This can help increase the familiarity of their surroundings and make it feel like they are not alone. Making sure that your loved one has a working phone, as well as an address book with anyone they may want to contact, will be help them feel comfortable.

Special Deliveries

Sending an occasional special delivery, such as flowers, their favorite foods, or even pictures that they haven’t seen of grandchildren, is always a special touch that can make your loved ones feel excited and revitalized.


Regularly visiting your loved one is another way that you can help them transition into a living community. This goes hand in hand with communication, as it can help make the space more familiar. Some of the things you can do with your loved one are as follows:

  • Enjoy Lunch
  • Take an Exercise Class
  • Go to Activities or Events
  • Bring Friends or Old Neighbors to Your Loved Ones


Some of the things you can do to customize your loved one’s living space are as follows:

  • Add Pictures
  • Add Familiar Wall Décor
  • Bring Over Some Plants
  • Place a Favorite Chair in the Room
  • Get Some Personalized Front Door Decorations like Welcome Mats, etc.

New Horizons, located in Marlborough, Massachusetts, is the perfect place to ensure your loved one has a wonderful, smooth transition into an assisted living or independent living community. As a premier assisted & independent living community, our door is always open to new retirees. If you are interested in our services at New Horizons, contact us today at 508-460-5200 to set up your trial program.

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