Relocating Your Aging Loved One

Relocating Your Aging Loved One

If you are a family caregiver, there is a good chance that you will have to relocate your loved one due to a variety of personal, financial, and medical reasons. Relocation means moving your loved one from one living space to another. For example, perhaps your loved one can no longer safely live by themselves and must therefore move to a nursing home or to your home for closer attention and care. This is just one reason why your loved one may have to relocate, but the main question you must consider is: How do I safely relocate them? ElderCare is here to provide some suggestions.

What to Consider

What kind of care comes next? You are moving your loved one for a reason, whether it’s because they need more medical care and attention or because they cannot afford to stay in their original home. The reason for the move entails some kind of problem and some accompanying solution. The very first thing you should consider is what the solution might be. How will moving your loved one improve their present condition? Thinking about these questions will then lead you to the consider the kinds of living accommodations that exist for your loved one, whether it’s an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) or a nursing home.[1]

Choose a safe form of transportation: Depending on your loved one’s needs and medical condition, you may have to carefully plan out what form of transportation they will need. For example, if your loved one is in a serious medical condition, then perhaps hiring drivers, a nurse, and renting a big vehicle (perhaps with a bed) is the route to go. If your loved one can travel with relative ease, then they may be perfectly happy with just some light accommodations. If you are traveling long distances, make sure to plan frequent stops and be familiar with local medical resources at each stopping point in case of emergency.

Ask for help: Professionals, like care managers or caregiver counselors, exist. You should seek them out to get some more advice on your particular, personal situation. These are great people to seek out once you do move your loved one to a new area since they are generally familiar with local resources, health practitioners, and volunteer organizations in the area. Additionally, do not hesitate to ask your friends and family for help during the move. There is no need to do it all yourself. Rely on the kindness of others and be grateful for it.[2]

If possible, involve your loved one in the process: Moving can be stressful and daunting. One of the ways to alleviate stress is to be familiar with the situation that is causing distress. Thus, in order to reduce the stress your loved one may be facing is to have them be involved with the moving details, logistics, and arrangements. Even if they cannot be 100% involved at every step of the way, keeping them in the loop can help keep them stay calm.[3]

Visit your loved one if possible: Moving can be disorienting and, at times, lonely. Your loved one may be in a new facility and is not familiar with the ins and outs of the place. If you are nearby, try to schedule consistent visits to check in on your loved one. Visitations will also help you stay updated on your loved one’s current condition and overall mood so you can efficiently respond to any serious or concerning changes in your loved one’s health.

If you have any other questions, please call ElderCare at Home at (561) 585-0400

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