Living

¦ Know that your loved one is safe. “For adult children and other family caregivers, there is often the misconception that they will stop worrying and feel less stress once their loved one is situated in assisted living,” Jacobs says. “Instead, what usually happens is that the source of the stress changes.”

But if the facility has been carefully selected, be mindful that your loved one is better taken care of than ever before. “There are pull cords by the bed and in the shower in the event that someone needs assistance right away, “ Gutierrez says. “Help is right there if they need it.”

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sibility of the family to keep up with their assisted senior. “Attend facility events and groups,” Jacobs recommends.

Technology offers another advantage if distance is an issue. “If someone can use Skype or Facetime to ‘visit,’ it can help to ease the transition,” Gutierrez says. He also recommends sending photos, since they let the person know that they’re still a valuable member of the family.

Once they’re settled, be sure to take them on outings into the community and your home on a regular basis, Jacobs says.