When to Place Your Loved One in a Nursing Home
Deciding to put your loved one in a nursing home is a personal decision, but it can often be a necessary decision. As a result, this decision becomes one of the hardest ones you ever have to face. But how do you know when you have to make it?
There are a few signs:
- If you feel uncertain that your loved one can safely abide in their own home
- If you are finding yourself increasingly stressed and unable to manage you and your loved one’s situation
- It is becoming increasingly more difficult to provide hands-on care for your loved one
- You feel physically and emotionally tired
- Your loved one needs special supervision and/or rehabilitative care
Many times, caregivers may notice some of these signs but will continue to spread themselves out too thin. This will inevitably lead to caregiver burnout. If you reach this point, then you will no longer be an effective caregiver for your loved one who needs consistent and reliable help.
Remember: You should not fault yourself if or when you get to this point. Reaching an impasse does not mean you failed at your role as a caregiver. It means that you now have to admit that you need some extra help.
Know When to Seek Help
According to an article from Focus on the Family, it is crucial to acknowledge your limitations. If you are family caregiver, chances are that you are also balancing a job and even a family. This is a lot of work. Many people end up having to reduce their hours at work or quit their job. This is not an ideal circumstance to be in since caring for an aging loved one can already be a significant financial burden.
It is, therefore, very important to realize that burning out can happen, even to the best of us. It is okay to say “I can’t do this anymore.” Do not feel guilty. Instead, redirect your energy into finding out ways to make your loved one feel more comfortable.
Once you decide to place your loved one in a nursing home, there are many decisions to be made from there. So it is best to understand that you are doing this for the better and to focus on the new, but hopefully reduced, challenges that await.
If you ever have any questions, feel free to call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website to learn more about how we can help.