Transitioning A Loved One Into A Nursing Home


The time may have come for you to help a senior member of your family move into a nursing, or care home so that they can have access to the facilities and round-the-clock professional help that they now require. It can be a challenge for any person and their family to adjust to the changes involved in care home life. However, your elderly loved one will be moving into care facilities because that’s what they need at this stage of their golden years. The following are some things to consider to make the move and transition a little easier and to help you think about everyone’s best interests along the way.


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Regular Visiting And Contact


The best way to ensure a smooth transition for your parent or grandparent is to keep visiting them and calling to chat. They will need time alone in their new accommodation to settle in and get used to how things are run there. However, it will be of great comfort to them if you, and the rest of the family that they are used to seeing, regularly go to see them or call for a chat. With conditions like memory loss and dementia; it can be difficult to witness the progression of the condition in your loved one. You must remember that all is being done to ensure that they are happy and comfortable; talk with the specialists in the care home and work out a plan for visiting and communicating. If chatting and spending time with their family is what makes your loved one happy; then keep doing it, for their sake and yours.


It might be that your elderly parent is just unable to look after themselves physically, and they’re still as sharp as a tack. Include them in special occasions and family life, as you would before they moved into care facilities; this will help to stop them feeling lonely or forgotten. Depending on the rules and routines of the home they’re now residing in; you may be able to take them out and about regularly, so make it a new and normal part of your lives, so your family can settle into a fresh way of living and enjoy each day.


Care And Health Checks


As you get into a routine of visits and spending time with one another; you’ll be able to notice any changes in your loved one’s health, appearance, and demeanor. It’s vital that you ask them questions about their care and if they feel that it’s of a high standard; they may be embarrassed about sharing information with you, so you may need to be vigilant. Ask about specific carers, nurses, and staff members; the better you get to know the team looking after your loved one, the stronger your relationship with the facility will become. If you have a strong bond with those who maintain the health of your elderly loved one, you’ll receive more information on any changes to their happiness, health, and wellbeing.


If you or your senior loved one, isn’t satisfied with the level of accommodation and care n the new home; be swift in reporting issues to ensure that changes are made. If a bad situation remains the same or worsens over time; you’ll need to consider rehoming your relative and taking them out of the residence as soon as possible. If you suspect or are certain of any abuse or mistreatment that has happened in the nursing home; report it immediately to the authorities and check whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim for your family member. Depending on the state of their health; you may need to take the lead in helping them receive the right compensation, and bringing any perpetrators to justice.


It may be a case that the abusive staff member is suspended and fired; in which case you’ll have the peace of mind that your family member is in good hands again, and receiving a high level of care and treatment. Don’t be afraid to be the whistleblower for your relative; they may be too fearful to do anything themselves and will appreciate your efforts.


Embracing Their New Routine

Once you’ve both made the smooth transition and you’re satisfied with the treatment, facilities, and level of care; start embracing your elderly loved one’s new way of life. Ensure that they’re mentally stimulated each day and encourage them to socialize and to use all the available amenities in their new home. Many care, and nursing homes host regular games and classes; do all you can to ensure that your family member is making the most of them. The sooner they’re able to embrace their new life; the happier they’ll be and the more fulfilled they’ll feel. You’ll also have the peace of mind that they’re well-looked after when you’re not around.  


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