Putting your loved one in a nursing home is a difficult choice. This person will likely feel upset since you moved him or her from the house he or she lived in for decades into an unfamiliar place.
Be patient and understand that the transition period will not last forever. Helping your loved one adjust to a new normal is the best thing to do when he or she moves into a nursing home.
1. Bring some familiar items
There may not be a lot of space, but surround the room with familiar items. The blanket and pillows from his or her bed at home may make more sense instead of buying new items. Take some of your loved one’s favorite pictures and put them in picture frames so he or she can see the faces of people they love.
2. Visit frequently
Spend time with your loved one in the new space. This gives the message that you are not abandoning him or her. While your loved one may be angry with you, it is still important you visit frequently. If your loved one suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s this also helps them have a familiar face around instead of just nurses and nursing home staff.
3. Encourage activity participation
Attending an activity with a loved one is a great way to get him or her more comfortable at the nursing home. Helping your friend or family member socialize with others stimulates the mind and also provides the opportunity to make friends. This gives your loved one a positive experience he or she can hold onto at the nursing home.
Making the transition is emotionally difficult for both you and your loved one. Communicate any concerns you have with the facility and ensure that your loved one knows he or she can communicate any concerns to you. Being there is more than enough for your loved one during the transition period.