It can be difficult for your loved one to transition to understanding the need for a nursing home or assisted living facility. Your loved one may have fears, anxieties and sadness about his or her upcoming changes.
Take a look at some of the tips below to help make the transition period easier. You can make your loved one feel more comfortable about her new lifestyle. If you have questions about the transitional period, consult with an elder law attorney.
- If possible, allow your loved one to be involved in the planning process. If your loved one is able to help choose the nursing home or facility, she will likely feel a lot better about the move.
- Allow your loved one to make decisions about her care. While it’s important to be involved as a family, your loved one’s wishes should be respected.
- Bring personal belongings during the move. If your loved one is able to see her personal belongings on a daily basis, it can help to make the move seem less stressful. Consider placing personal items throughout your loved one’s room.
- Throughout the process, remind your loved one that you love and care for her. This can help to reassure your loved one about the decisions that are being made.
- Make sure that the facility knows as much about your loved one as possible. This can help to better ensure that your loved one receives the care that is needed and can allow your loved one to feel safer.
With love and support, you can help your loved one feel more comfortable with the upcoming changes.
If you have any questions about how to make the transition to a nursing home easier or how to select a nursing home, consult with an elder law attorney.