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Easing the Transition to Memory Care: 5 Ways You Can Support Your Senior Loved One

Easing the Transition to Memory Care: 5 Ways You Can Support Your Senior Loved One

Senior Mother and Daughter embracing
August 18, 2023

For most of us, moving from a longtime home can be exhausting. However, a move into a new, senior living residence can also be exciting when looking at all the amenities it has to offer. 

Symphony Pointe can be your new Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Elkhorn, providing the specialized care your loved one needs in a resort-style senior living setting. .

Even the most desirable residential community can be tough to move into when making a change from a home a person has lived in for a long time. However, there are ways to make this challenging transition more comfortable for your loved one. Let’s look at a few of these:

#1) Be sure you’ve chosen the best program for your loved one

You want to choose the memory care program that best suits the needs of your loved one. Consider all needs, both physical and emotional. You will want to look into the qualifications of the staff, the set up of the residence and the amenities offered, and the philosophies of operation.

Our team at Symphony Pointe is specially trained to provide safe and vibrant care that allows those with memory loss to truly thrive. We offer different levels of care and can adjust with needs. In addition our diverse apartment layouts means you’ll find the perfect fit for your loved one. 

At Symphony Pointe, we believe that all people deserve a wonderful life, so we offer life-enriching experiences and events. We focus on all dimensions of wellness to support our residents. 

#2) Visit the residence before you make the final decision

After exploring the offerings of memory care communities to find the one that best suits the needs of your loved one, you will want to visit it at least one time prior to making the move. You want to familiarize yourself with the residence, the caregivers and the others who live there, and you want to allow your loved one to do the same. You may be able to do this in one visit, but you may want to make more than one if you believe your loved one may have trouble with the transition. 

Oftentimes communities will host events for potential residents and their families to attend or allow you to have lunch in their dining rooms when you visit to give you an idea of not only their food service but also the community that lives there. 

If you are interested in visiting Symphony Pointe or finding out about upcoming events, contact us for more information.

#3) Bring items familiar to your loved one

When making a move into the new apartment, you most likely will not be able to move all of your loved one’s belongings. However, you will want to be certain to choose items that will help with their comfort level and feeling of safety. 

You might consider bringing pictures of family and friends, a favorite blanket or pillow, and some favorite decorations to be enjoyed. Those feelings of familiarity, items that are easily recognizable, are the best ones to bring on the move. 

#4) Share detailed information with professional staff

One important thing you can do prior to the move-in is to meet with memory care staff to provide them with any information that may be helpful. Of course, they will have already asked you for a medical history that includes medication and numerous other health questions. These are critical for the staff to provide the care required and monitor any changes that could occur in the health of your loved one. 

However, there is more you can do that would help the transition of your loved one, and that includes helping the staff get to know them well early on. Tell the staff your loved ones’ hobbies, interests, favorite foods, likes, dislikes, and anything else that may be helpful as they become more familiar with and care for your loved one. 

Since Symphony Pointe looks at wellness unique to each resident, the individualism of each is important to us.

#5) Be prepared for tough moments as your loved one adjusts

Even the best Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Elkhorn can be a tough transition for someone who has lived elsewhere for a number of years. Be prepared for some tough moments even after your loved one has made the move into a memory care residence. It can take a few weeks even for someone who loves their new home to transition, and for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia it may take even longer. 

Some of those moments may feel heartbreaking, but it’s important to remember that routines will start to occur and friends will be made. Life will get easier in their new home. You may need to let your loved one or the staff know you are only a phone call away to help with the adjustment time period.

Senior sitting on her bed at her new Alzheimer's and dementia care Elkhorn apartment with daughter


When you set out to find the right memory care for your loved one, take your time to find the residence that best fits your needs in all the ways necessary to make your loved one’s years happy and comfortable ones. Look at the residence, the staff, the amenities, and then take great care for the transition from one living arrangement to the next. 


Symphony Pointe is opening a new Memory Care residence this fall. You can make Woodwinds at Symphony Pointe your new home. Woodwinds provides a safe, vibrant and beautiful community to those with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Our team is specially trained to provide the type of care that allows those with memory loss to truly thrive. 
If you would like to tour the new memory care area of the Symphony Pointe community which opens this fall, we would love to show you all we have to offer. Please reach out to us to schedule a tour or for additional information.