Preventing Relocation Stress Syndrome in the Elderly

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Some seniors develop age-related conditions that prevent them from living independently in their own homes, which often results in moving in with family members who can take care of them. Many of these seniors also become overwhelmed by the move and develop relocation stress syndrome (RSS). Because RSS can have a negative impact on your elderly loved one’s emotional wellbeing, Mississauga in-home elder care experts recommend learning about its symptoms and implementing these strategies to prevent it.

What Are the Symptoms of RSS?

Even if your loved one knows he or she is welcome in your home, he or she may still fear the loss of independence and familiarity. This can trigger symptoms of RSS, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Withdrawal
  • Dependency

Take the Transition Slowly

If possible, give your loved one time to get used to the idea of moving into your home. Pressuring your loved one into making a decision will only create feelings of resentment and make him or her more resistant to the idea. Be sure to listen to and address any concerns or reservations your loved one has about the arrangement.

Encourage Participation

Find out what your loved one would like in this new arrangement, which can include anything from the setup of a private space to his or her daily schedule. Both you and your loved one may have to make compromises along the way. However, by working together you can come up with an arrangement that addresses your loved one’s needs.

Ward Off Isolation

If the move is long distance, your loved one may be resistant out of fear he or she will become isolated and lose familiar social contacts. You can ease the transition by helping your loved one find similar activities and groups in your community. If you know people in a particular group, get them to reach out to your loved one before the move and invite him or her to participate. This provides your loved one with a point of contact when he or she arrives.

Know Your Own Limits

Your work or family obligations may make it difficult for you to take care of all of your loved one’s needs, which can lead to both of you feeling resentment and stress. Hiring Mississauga respite home care can ensure your loved one receives the assistance he or she needs and provide you with time to take care of your other obligations.

If you need respite from your caregiving duties and your loved one needs emotional support during and after moving, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available to help 24/7, we won’t ask you to sign a long-term contract, and all of our in-home care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Learn about our high-quality live-in and respite care and the comprehensive Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Mississauga, ON, families trust by calling (905) 337-1200 today.