From Home to Assisted Living Facility: Tips for Family Members
If you are caring for an aging loved one, then you may realize how difficult it is for your loved one to adapt to their changing health and abilities. Additionally, you are probably confronted with a host of difficult decisions to make on your loved one’s behalf if their health begins deteriorating. One difficult decision that arises for many family members is the possibility of placing your loved one in an assisted living facility. An assisted living facility is a place for aging adults who have become less able to care for themselves and where care resources exist for them. Many times, the decision is a very difficult one for family caregivers to make as it can entail heavy personal and financial costs. In this blog, we will go over some of the ways you can make this transition easier for your loved one and for yourself. While it will never be an easy process, there are some things to know before getting started on the transition.
Consider these tips:
(1) Give your loved one control: One of the most difficult parts for an aging loved one to face is a loss of control. It is very difficult to admit that the best thing for one’s health is to put their personal life in a facility’s hands. One way to help give your loved one control over the situation is to talk openly about the transition and to give them a choice over where they can go. If your loved one is in the position cognitively to make an informed decision about this, then it is best to include them as much as you can in the decision-making process.
(2) Work with counselors or case managers: This is important. There is no reason why you need to learn all of the ins and outs of this process on your own. Case managers can be there to assist you in making the transition easier for you and your loved one. They can be amazing resources in helping you plan and understand things you should know.
(3) Get advice: One way to avoid a lot of headache is to talk to your loved one’s medical care providers and health professionals. They can give you necessary information to get the process started, where you can go, and how to approach the situation.
(4) Make the place feel like home: Once your loved one is settled in, it is important to make the environment seem as comfortable as possible. Listen to your loved one and see what they need and address any concerns they have immediately. Bring familiar items from home that they would like to decorate the environment with, giving it a homier feel. And visit often. There is no way to make a place feel like home then to be surrounded by people you love.
(5) Work closely with the facility: The facility should be there to handle any concerns you may have. Do not be afraid to contact the appropriate people when issues arise. One of the biggest mistakes to make is to ignore issues or dismiss them as trivial at the beginning. Try to make your loved one’s experience the best possible.
Knowing that a network of resources and support groups are there for you and your loved one is the half of the battle. The other half is acting based on the knowledge at your disposal. If you have any other questions, then please contact ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093.