Tips for Transitioning to Memory Care

August 9th 2023

Transitioning a parent into memory care can be a challenging and emotional experience for both the parent and the family. Memory care communities provide specialized care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other memory-related conditions. It is important to follow a thoughtful approach to ensure a smooth transition and help your parent feel comfortable in their new environment. In this blog, we will discuss some tips to keep in mind when transitioning a parent into memory care.

Don’t announce the move beforehand:
One common mistake is to announce the move to a memory care community in advance, which can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety for your parent. Instead, try to make the transition as seamless as possible by not discussing the move until shortly before it occurs. This can help minimize potential resistance or fear associated with significant change.

Ensure you’ve chosen the best community:
Research a memory care community that aligns with your parent’s needs and preferences. Look for communities that offer specialized memory care programs, well-trained associates, a safe and secure environment, engaging activities, and a supportive community. Take the time to tour different communities, ask questions, and gather as much information as possible before making a decision.

Visit the community before the move:

Plan several visits to the memory care community with your parent before the move. This allows them to become familiar with the environment, meet associates, and participate in community activities. These pre-move visits can help alleviate anxiety and create a sense of comfort and familiarity.

Communicate with associates:
Maintain open and regular communication with the associates at the memory care community. They are experienced in caring for individuals with memory-related conditions and can provide valuable guidance throughout the transition process. Establishing a relationship with the associates can also help you stay informed about your parent’s well-being and progress.

Fill the new space with familiar items:
Bring familiar items from your parent’s previous home to create a sense of familiarity and comfort in their new living space. This could include photographs, cherished possessions, favorite furniture, or familiar bedding. These familiar objects can help your parent feel more at ease with the transition.

Expect bumps along the way:
It is important to understand that the transition to memory care may not be smooth sailing from the beginning. It’s common for individuals to experience a range of emotions, including confusion, sadness, and anger. Be prepared for potential challenges and remember that it is a significant adjustment for both your parent and the family. Be patient and available to provide emotional support throughout the process.

Give them time to adjust:
Adjusting to a new environment takes time, especially for individuals with memory-related conditions. Encourage your parent to participate in community activities, engage with fellow residents, and develop new routines. Offer reassurance and spend quality time with them to help build a sense of security and familiarity.

Transitioning a parent into memory care requires careful planning and consideration. Following the key points outlined in this blog can help facilitate a smoother transition for your parent. With patience, understanding, and support, you can ensure your parent’s well-being and enhance their quality of life in their new memory care community.

The Village Program® is Grace Management, Inc.’s specialized Memory Care program recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for incorporating evidence-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Our goal is to provide a memory care program with meaningful and enriching activities that create an environment of success for our residents. The Village Program® is designed to: Reflect on memories and past accomplishments. Rejoice in the successes experienced every day. Renew their hope and spirits every day.

Head over to the communities page on our website to find a Grace Management, Inc. community near you.


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