It is hard to imagine the difficulties of adjusting to a new living situation at that age. However, necessity and fear can be great motivators. The home situation was no longer safe enough for him and we worried all the time about his health and safety.
Truthfully, I did not know a couple of things after his move. Would he adjust to communal living and how would I handle the frequent contact. I forgot to mention that the facility is 10 minutes from our home. Throughout my life, I have not been close to my uncle. We had the obligatory visits and phone calls but we both kept our distances. However, now there is a closeness, that has been birthed out of necessity. It often fills me with gratitude for the opportunity to know him better and to see the grace of communal living as an elder. He has been in his new home for a month and I now have much greater appreciation for our ability to be more flexible with our ability to love each other and to adjust to the changed routines of daily living.
Thank you Uncle Harry for sharing the miracles of elder living with me.