Moving your elderly loved ones to a nursing home is never an easy decision to make. However, there are a lot of benefits both for you and for your aging parents or grandparents. Choice Health Management is here to help you and your loved ones make the transition easy. Here are some things you need to consider when deciding if a nursing home is the right choice for your family.
- Is it difficult for you to provide hands-on care for your loved one?
Caring for an aging person can be very difficult both mentally and physically. As the person you care for requires more and more work, it is easy to start reprimanding yourself for not being able to do it all. You need to accept that it is difficult to give the constant type of attention your loved one needs. The average family caregiver manages care for 18 hours a week, while maintaining full or part-time jobs, so caregiver burnout is very common and is in fact the main reason a family member eventually ends up in professional care.
- Do you feel constantly tired and emotionally drained?
Perpetual weariness is a common problem with caregivers, followed by feelings of isolation and overextension. Other than worrying about balancing caregiving and job responsibilities, caregiving can be made harder by the aging person you care for. It is helpful discussing your situation with a support group or an understanding friend.
- Making the transition may be easier than you think.
Understanding this change is for the best is the first step to transitioning. Have your loved one take some of their favorite possessions with them. If they are a member of an organization or a church, consider making a welcome party at the nursing home to help them best acclimate to the new environment by seeing familiar faces.
Don’t feel overwhelmed by the decisions ahead of you. Choice Health Management is here for all your consulting needs and questions.