Do these things to help a parent find a nursing home

Even though it's a big change, if the time comes to help your parent find a nursing home, you should take immediate action. This is what's best for them at this time in their life, so you shouldn't hesitate to step in and provide as much assistance as necessary.

Anyone can find a nursing home for a parent or loved one. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to find the perfect nursing home for your parent.

Here are a few tips you can follow during this difficult time:

  • Talk to your parent about their situation: It goes without saying that anxiety will be high, both for you and your parent. It's important to discuss their situation in great detail, as this will help everyone better prepare for what's to come.
  • Compare three to five nursing home facilities: When you choose the first nursing home you find, you never know what you're getting. You may make a good decision. You may also make a decision that you'll regret for the rest of your life. When you compare the finer details of several nursing homes, you're in better position to make an informed and confident choice.
  • Ask the right questions: You can learn a lot about a nursing home by visiting in person and reading about it online. Even so, you shouldn't ignore the many questions going through your mind. From questions regarding staff to those associated with activities, bring these to light to gather additional information.

Reduce the impact of moving

Since this is such a big move for your parent, do whatever you can reduce the impact on their life. Here are some steps to take:

  • Involve your parent with the decision-making process
  • Think about the items you can take that will make your parent feel at home in the facility
  • Visit them as often as possible, especially early on in the process
  • Help with the transition by speaking with staff, introducing your parent to other residents and showing them the calendar of activities

Helping a parent find and choose a nursing home is one of the most difficult things you'll ever do.

As you learn more about the process, sit down with your parent to review their long-term care plan. All of these steps will allow you to work together to make the best possible decision.

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