When it comes time for a loved one to move into a nursing home they'll need help and support. Whether you had to make the choice for your loved one or they were capable of doing it themselves, it can be a difficult process.
As a caregiver, you are in the unique position that allows you to support a loved one moving into a nursing home and to make the process more agreeable.
Support a Loved One's Nursing Home Choice
The first step a caregiver can take in supporting a loved one is to support their nursing home choice. Unless there is a dangerous reason not to allow your loved one to move into a particular nursing home, be respectful of their choice. This will be their home, so it is only fair they have a say in where that should be.
Help a Loved One Downsize
Part of moving into a nursing home includes downsizing. A person can grow attached to many items over the years. Therefore support a loved one by lending a shoulder and a helping hand while they go through possessions to prepare for the move. If your loved one is unable to sort the items, offer to do it for them.
Caregivers can also try to find somewhere to store meaningful and valuable items that cannot be transported to the nursing home. This could be a storage facility or even a friend or relative's home.
Help a Loved One Choose Special Items
In line with downsizing is the task of choosing special items that are permissible to bring to the nursing home. These should be items that mean something to your loved one like items that he or she enjoys having around daily. Something as simple as an old picture of a friend or a knick-knack gifted by a friend can really help with the transition involved in moving into a nursing home.
Talk & Listen
Another way to support a loved one moving into a nursing home is to simply listen. Let that person pour out their feelings to you. Simply having you as that outlet can help to relieve some of the emotions they might be going through. On the same token, be supportive by discussing positive benefits to the move. No matter the situation, there always is some type of positive outcome that highlights the reason for moving into a nursing home. Focus on that aspect and even try to find others as well and your loved one will know that you have their best interests in mind.