The transition from living independently to being cared for within a nursing home is a necessary, but often very difficult move to make. It can be hard for people to adjust to a new environment, and there is often an accompanying feeling of a loss of independence, or of being a burden, as well as a rejection of the idea that nursing care is necessary. These feelings can be difficult to manage, and it’s important that the family of a new nursing home resident is as supportive and helpful as possible to make the process as easy as possible. Contact us today at Christian Brethren Comunity Services.
Here are 5 ways that anyone with a loved one making the transition can help.
1: Stay Positive
When moving a loved into a nursing care facility such as a nursing home or aged care home, it’s very important that you maintain a positive outlook on the transition, even if your loved one does not. They are relying on you for emotion support and while the move can be difficult for both parties, complaining and criticizing will only make it worse.
2: Make Their Room a Home
If the room that your loved one will be moving into has the same comfort and aesthetic as the place where they are moving from, then it will be much easier for them to feel at home. Try bringing the same, or similar, decorations, and work with your loved one to make their space as comfortable as possible.
3: Check in with Staff
It can be very helpful to speak with nursing home staff to address any complaints your loved one may have, as well as to see how they are doing from the staff’s perspective. You should never be afraid to ask staff for things such as doing more activities with your loved one, or asking about special requests. The staff and management in nursing homes are there to make the resident’s lives as comfortable as possible, and will be happy to help.
4: Visit Often
Perhaps the most common feeling that can bother nursing home residents is a feeling of abandonment, especially if they were receiving in-home care from family. It is therefore extremely important to visit them as often as possible to assure them that this is not the case, and to show them that you are there for them no matter what.
If your loved one’s health allows it, taking them out for meals, walks, or other activities is always a great idea. These outings give them a chance to get out in the world, and spend time with friends and family, and are one of the best things you can do for your loved one to make living in a care home easier.
When helping a friend or family member transition into nursing care, there is inevitably some tension and difficulty, but by following the above advice, the move can be made as painless as possible for both parties. Above all, remember to be kind to yourself and to your loved one, understanding that it is not easier for either of you.