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Massachusetts General Hospital

How to ease the transition when you move to assisted living

Harvard Health Letter

Moving from your own home to an assisted living facility can present some emotional and logistical challenges. But for people who can no longer take care of all their needs by themselves, assisted living is an excellent option.

"Often the move is triggered by a crisis, such as a fall or the loss of a spouse. But you can adapt to this new chapter and thrive if you give yourself the time to make the transition," says Barbara Moscowitz, a geriatric social worker at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Emotional transition

Your reasons for moving may leave you feeling like you need emotional support. Moscowitz advises...