Choosing a nursing home for your parents or close relatives doesn’t have to be the heart-breaking experience it’s made out to be in movies and TV. Often, the person being placed in a nursing home looks forward to being around people their own age and those going through the same phase of life they are.
Even if your loved one is dreading the experience as being the ‘final chapter’ in their life, give them time. They may start to make friends and, after an adjustment period, settle happily into their new life surrounded by new friends.
Whichever way your loved one is feeling, you can make it easier on both of you if you consider some aspects of living in the search for the ideal nursing home.
Choose a Home That’s Close to Familiar Surroundings
The relocation will be hard on everyone. Don’t make it harder by choosing a far-off location that’s in unfamiliar surroundings. This can make your loved ones feel isolated and increase their sudden loneliness and anxiety.
It will also make it more difficult for you and other members of your family to visit with them regularly. It’s important for them to have a steady stream of family and friends visiting them, especially in the days right after the move.
The most important thing in their life is their family. Making it difficult for them to maintain close contact can lead to depression and a loss of spirit. Visiting them regularly will make them feel that they are still a valued member of the family and needed by everyone.
Choose a Nursing Home That Supports Their Interests
Staying active and pursuing their interests is essential in maintaining physical and mental health and positive attitudes in the elderly. But many nursing homes feel that the programme of activities they provide is ample for the needs of their residents without taking into consideration the opinions of the residents themselves. It’s what’s easier for the home rather than beneficial for the residents.
Your loved one needs to continue the activities that make them happy, whether it’s playing a musical instrument, taking walks, practicing Tai Chi, or doing needlecraft. Do whatever it takes to find a home that will support your loved one in their favourite activities.
Ensure the Nursing Home Provides Excellent Medical Care
The entire purpose of a nursing home is to provide round-the-clock medical care for the elderly. This means being able to manage all the ailments, illnesses and afflictions that are a part of the aging process, as well as providing qualified and compassionate palliative care when called for.
The homes that are the prime candidates should all have a team of experienced and qualified caregivers, they should be able to provide for your loved one’s medical needs with certified specialists, and they should be able to provide these services 24 hours a day on the nursing home grounds.
Finding a home that satisfies all these requirements means that your loved one may enjoy their later years among friends. It also allows you to sleep better, knowing they’re well taken care of in a healthy environment.
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