August 10 2018
If you’re looking at a property management career, and one area that you’re considering is senior residency, this is a line of work that can be both personally fulfilling and make a real difference in someone’s life. After all, an elderly American moving into a senior residence has already earned a lot of respect. This is someone that has survived decades of dynamic change in America, sometimes with wars, sometimes with progress, always with change.
That’s why it’s important, if you’re seriously considering a property management career in this area. And this is especially important during that critical first month as they transition to their new home.
Change & Trauma
The first thing that people in a property management career for senior residencies need to understand is the empathy required for the first month in a new home. Just imagine how you would be feeling if you spent a good portion of your life in a home you owned, and loved. You raised a family in that home, watched them go off and start families of their own, and maybe even lost a loved in that same home. Now, after all those decades of time spent in a space that was unequivocally yours, you may be losing the mobility, or other factors of good health that would allow you to safely remain in a place with so many memories. Now—perhaps because of adult children—you are being moved someplace else, where a safe, healthy, senior-centric lifestyle can be managed.
People who take into account just how dramatic a change this is, and the possible emotional consequences result from it will be better prepared. Understanding that, for a senior coming into the residence, this is a major uprooting of routine, lifestyle, even friends and neighbors, will make it easier to anticipate and address the needs of people moving into this new phase of their lives.
Taking the time to show extra attentiveness and consideration will go a long way towards easing this transition. Don’t just dismiss the very real emotional attachments people have to “saying goodbye” to a home and memories that have been with them for a lifetime. Acknowledge that, but work towards establishing the positives, creating new bonds with yourself and with the other residents. Ease new residents into the new opportunities and new family they now have a chance to create in an environment where their needs are more effectively cared for.
A True Welcome
It’s important to ease this transition the right way. A welcome party as a positive experience can help, but beyond that, the commitment of family members to regularly, frequently visit at the start can be crucial. Encouraging seniors to socialize and make new friends, establishing new connections can also be important in making for a positive first experience. But of course, a lot of this comes down to the people who have chosen to work with seniors in their property management career. Without their participation, the results could be very different.