Settling in: Tips for an easier transition into assisted living

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / March 3, 2016) –– On Wednesday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m., OSU’s Emeriti Association presents “Transitioning to Assisted Living” by Toni Wolfe, Executive Director of Primrose Senior Living Community. The program is part of the Making the Most of Retirement series which meets each month at the Stillwater Public Library.

“Like with any other move, moving into an assisted living facility can be stressful and overwhelming, said Wolfe. “The person moving wonders if they have made the right choice; whether they will fit into the new community; and whether their new residence will feel like home.”

According to Wolfe, much of this stress can be alleviated with advanced planning, communication with family members and a positive attitude. During Wolfe’s presentation, she will share some of the steps and tips that others have used to successfully transition into their new environments.

“Choosing a living facility can be hard work, and it can be easy to give up on the planning process once that very important choice is made,” said Wolfe. “But continued planning is paramount. Knowing what you will take with you to your new home, how your finances and legal issues will be dealt with and what your days will look like will help immeasurably in making a successful transition.”

Once a resident has moved into the facility, Wolfe believes one of the most important steps is to get into a daily routine as soon as possible.

“Knowing what to expect during the day substantially reduces anxiety,” said Wolfe. “Making a routine also ensures that you are getting out of your living quarters and getting to know your new environment and the people in it.”

Retirees who have already moved into assisted living facilities are invited to come to the presentation to share their transition tips with other participants.

Wolfe was appointed to her position in October and oversees all daily operations and management of staff. The former student of Oklahoma Christian University worked in family relations and child development before joining Primrose in 2013.

 “Making the Most of Retirement” meets the third Wednesday of each month. All local retirees are invited to attend the free programs. The next program will be held on April 20 when Cynthia Lincoln will discuss Oklahoma’s Long-Term Ombudsman Program, which helps improve the quality of life and the quality of care available to long-term care facility residents.

For more information, visit http://retiredinstillwater.wordpress.com or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.