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The Psychological Impact of Moving to Assisted Living and Residential Care

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• Always use positive language when talking about the move and make sure all arrangements are looked after; extra assurance may be needed if changing doctors, or if plants or pets are not allowed.

• Arrange to take a tour of the new area to help familiarize him or her with the surrounding community.

Moving for any reason is always a stressful time, but good planning, education and preparation can help alleviate relocation stress syndrome.


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Reviewed August 31, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Jody Smith

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