How can I help my loved one adjust to a nursing home?

On Behalf of | Oct 10, 2022 | Nursing Home Negligence |

One of the biggest concerns families have when a loved one transitions into assisted living is negligence. However, if you have done your due diligence and committed to regular visits, it is very possible that you have chosen a great living situation for your loved one.

A bigger concern is helping your loved one adjust to their new situation. It is natural for this to be a fraught time for the entire family, no matter how well the staff runs the nursing home. According to Aging Care, it is important for you to not feel guilty, nor hold your loved one’s hand too much during the transition.

Dealing with guilt

It is common for family members to experience a lot of guilt during this transition period. However, this will do no good. It is likely that you have very good reasons for putting your loved one into an assisted living situation or a nursing home. It is always best to remember the reasons that your loved one is transitioning, and that this move is likely in the interest of their well-being.

Encouraging independence

Of course, you will want to visit your loved one as frequently as possible. However, too much assistance for your loved one during this time may inhibit their independence and make the situation worse. Spending time with family is paramount for the health and well-being of a senior, but too much time may prevent your loved one from making new friends and involving themselves in the community. Give your loved one some space and time to adjust.

Transitioning to senior care is a challenge for seniors and their families alike. Remembering the positives to the situation and encouraging independence is key.