A steaming hot cup of coffee or tea and the morning paper. A brisk walk. A few minutes of stretching and deep breathing. Letting the dog out. Everyone has their own routine, a unique way of starting the day. That shouldn’t change when someone moves to assisted living.
Things may be slightly different based on the community’s daily meal schedule for residents, or if the apartments are not equipped with a burner or microwave for that morning cuppa. In that case, a Keurig or other type of one-cup coffee maker may be a good option. Some assisted living facilities make coffee and tea available early in the morning in a dedicated space, perhaps off the dining room or in a common area. Most serve hot beverages with meals and might allow some residents to arrive early for a quiet cup at the table before others arrive. Perhaps your loved one will look forward to sharing their morning routine with new friends.
If your loved one can’t go without reading the morning paper, be sure to change the subscription address prior to the move.
Pets are often welcome in assisted living too. If not, or if you choose to leave your pet behind when you move, find out if the community has fish, birds, or perhaps a community cat that needs to be fed; offer to assist with care.
Whatever can be done to keep a routine in assisted living will certainly ease the transition.
Your turn: How did you or a loved one maintain a routine after an assisted living move?