Transitioning from a home to a community such as, Arbor Rose or Jerome Home, can be difficult for both the new resident and the family. Leaving a home that a person has lived in for 30+ yrs, full of memories and belongings, can be a grieving process. Here are some tips that may help you and your loved one through this significant life event:
-Feel comfortable and confident with your selection in the community/facility. Take the time to tour and meet staff. Also find out if the facility meets specific needs of your loved one (medical, social, and emotional). For long term care, place several applications (at least 3) to be waitlisted at your choice facilities
-Your reaction to the move will have an impact on your loved one's response. Be mindful of your own stress and emotions. Allow your loved one time to acclimate and get used to staff before taking them out
-Share information and history about your loved one with the staff. Completing a life history, including likes/dislikes and daily routine are important to a successful care plan
- Before the move, decide how much you would like to talk to your loved one to prepare them for the upcoming changes. Provide patience and comfort; try and understand what fears or worries they may have
-Accompany your loved one on the day of the move to provide support
-Ask for a list of the staff that you may contact for an update; you are the advocate and should take part in the care planning process
-Seek support from other family members, friends, or a support group during this time. Even though your loved one has moved to a facility, you are still their caregiver and this may be a difficult transition for you as well
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