Moving to a retirement community is a big step for anyone but especially for a parent that has lived in their home for 40 or 50 years.
For some this task can be so difficult that they go kicking and screaming or they make life for the staff of the community their moving to a living H-E-Double Hockey Sticks.
To ensure that your mom and dad fall in love with their new home, ensure you do the following: include them in the decision-making process, furnish their home with things from home and visit them regularly.
Many seniors realize that they are aging and are not as independent as they used to be, but they want to be made to feel like they are in control and still capable of making sound decisions. The last thing they want to do is feel like they are "over the hill" or that their child has become the parent.
As you peruse the Dallas area looking for the right community, bring them along. Let them meet their potential new neighbors or let them visit with the resident program director to pick out activities, trips or events that would make them happy or bring back fond memories.
Many use the words "home sweet home" to refer to the house they grew up in. For many seniors if you allow them to bring their favorite mementos, heirlooms and such the transition will be much, much easier. The mementos can have a soothing impact on them. They can also be a conversation piece with their new neighbors.
Finally, do not pick out the perfect new home for mom and then forget where the place is located. Many seniors fear that once they get moved into a community that provides meals, housekeeping, transportation, religious services and plenty of activities that their will be no reason for the kids to come around. Ensure that you stop by for dinner at the community or for a short activity on a regular basis. You will find that it makes mom's day and that she will settle into her new friends and new home quickly.