How to Ease a Loved One’s Transition into a Nursing Home

The difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is one that many people have to face. Making the choice often leaves family members stuck with a feeling of guilt. In order to reduce these negative feelings, it is important to help make the loved one being placed in a nursing home.

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In a recent article, Good Therapy discusses the ways in which family members can help a loved one transition into a nursing home:

  1. Help them through the adjusting phase, which can last anywhere from three to six months.
  2. Make sure the loved one has a voice in making the decision, allowing them to help decide where they will stay and even the set up of their room.
  3. Help them stay social by visiting them often and making sure they don’t feel isolated.

Making the transition into a nursing home can be frightening for both the resident and their family members. By keeping lines of communication open and helping the loved one adjust properly, the transition into a nursing home can be accomplished without feelings of guilt or loss.

Read the full article here.