Facing the scenario of moving a loved one into a nursing home facility when it is no longer feasible for them to be cared for at home, in hospital or elsewhere can be a daunting and stressful task. It can feel very similar to a loss for you of your loved one and perhaps they feel for their independence also. Knowing what to expect before a move can be both logistically and emotionally valuable for the person moving and anyone helping with the move into nursing home care. We’ve put together a list of important items and tips to help you be prepared for the move into a nursing home.
First and foremost before moving into a nursing home, be sure to visit the home if you haven’t already, and more specifically the actual room your loved one will be in (if possible). Try not to be distracted by gimmicks or décor – a fancy looking place can seem appealing but is it really a caring, home environment? Think about what’s important, safety, care standards, reputation, services, staff, cleanliness, etc. These can all add into your decision on a care home. Once you have a decided on a care home it’s important too to get to grips with the room space available also.
Viewing and taking measurements of the individual rooms gives you a real feel for what is provided and what you might need/want to take from home. This will ensure you can take any of your loved ones items from home that will fit into the nursing home, making it more familiar for the person. Be sure to ask if this is feasible as perhaps some homes might not allow personal items.
Helping people to pick and choose what to bring can be a difficult part of moving into a home as it may feel like somethings may have to be left behind. As well as thinking about the practical things in what to pack and what will be needed try also to think about those other important possessions that are cherished by the individual.
Although not an exclusive list this might help to cover a few of the basic considerations about what you might need to bring. Labelling items with your loved one’s name is advised to make sure it is not misplaced or lost without trace. While the move can prove very challenging and settling in can take time typically it is comforting to have the opportunity for a new safe environment to help meet care needs which can help your loved one flourish in later life.
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