Making the move from a family home into a nursing home or elder care facility can be a difficult transition. Your loved one may be feeling nervous about the changes or afraid of losing contact and connection with their family.
You can make this transition easier and support them in this new phase of their life.
Making the move
Check with the facility to find out what personal items your loved one can bring. Photos, art and other decorative items can make it feel like home and spark comforting memories. Consider bringing their favorite blankets, coffee mugs or puzzles. As long as the items are not prohibited, bring them along.
You may want to take your grandfather out to his favorite fishing spot or have a lunch date with your mother at a local restaurant, but be careful not to disrupt their new routine too soon. Allowing them the time to establish a schedule and get comfortable is essential.
Consistent visits are a great way to foster their new level of independence and show your continued support and love. This is also a great opportunity to make sure they are receiving the quality of care they need and deserve.
Making new connections with other residents is incredibly important for your loved one’s emotional wellbeing. Encourage them to try activities and get involved to meet their facility neighbors and make friends.
Regular visitation and encouragement can go a long way to improving how your loved one feels about their new home.