Should and how should en elder move. Look again at the function of home to find answers to both.The second function of our home environment isstimulation. Stimulation occurs whenever someone brings his or her environment into his or her conscious awareness. Women tend to do this more than men. When we experience the challenge and at times joy of decorating, rearranging the furniture or simply noticing something that with something that’s out of place, our environment is stimulating us. Cleaning is the same yet – not a joy to most. For a senior moving out of his or her independent living environment and into another independent or assisted living environment there may be an overwhelming amount of stimulation to deal with.
Everything is out of place, rearranged, redecorated .The worst shock, is for someone who has gone from living in his or her own home to living in a nursing home. There the lack of stimulation may be overwhelming. So an elder’s home environment when moved can be like touching a high voltage wire. That is why having an aging professional assess the level of care an elder needs plus arrange the environment, so moving it is not an electroshock—-but is a great, well executed, idea.