Moving your parent to a memory care nursing home is stressful. It involves you making a series of hard decisions. One is the moment you realize that you can no longer keep them comfortable at home. Which then followed by the hassle of searching and finally identifying the right nursing home. And to the most difficult one, the actual move-in and transition.
While you know memory care will provide 24 hours of supervised care for the resident, letting go as a caregiver can be difficult. The changes may also take a toll on your loved one. Here are some tips you may use to make the move easier.
1. A Pre-admission Visit
It may be vital to visit your desired memory care facility. The tour will help you analyze the environment you are leaving your parent(s) in. You get to meet the specialized caregivers and ask questions about how they run the home. The more the knowledge and understanding of how they operate, the more comfortable you will be leaving your loved one under their care.
If possible, let your loved one tag along. Most care facilities have events open to the public. The soft introduction to the environment will help your mum or dad familiarize themselves with the surroundings. It may be of great help during the actual move-in day.
2. Make New Room As Familiar As Possible
It is advisable to make prior arrangements to have some personal items moved to their room before the move. You may make copies of photos of your family and friends, favorite books, or leave a photo album. The picture stock will help keep memories present even with the deteriorating mental health. It is prudent to label the pictures. Labeling will make it easier for the dedicated caregiver to identify the family members and make a connection with your parent.
3. Talk About the Move
Most experts advise the lesser the advanced discussion, the better. You would not wish to freak out your loved one or hurt their ego. Keep the preparation activities on the background along with limited talk about it. While the instinct is to have them prepared for the move, you may end up making your mum or dad anxious, angry, and confused.
When you finally decide to do so, the National Association of Professional Geriatric care Managers suggests the use of therapeutic ‘fiblets.’ These are necessary white lies that reduce anxiety, reassures, and protect your parent’s self-esteem. The fiblets will help relieve stress and anxiety, smoothening your way to the transition.
4. Positivity Throughout the Transition Period
The process of handing over care to memory care homes can be emotionally draining for everyone involved. As hard as the process can be, it is essential to remember why you are doing it. The promise of a safer and more comfortable environment for your loved one. Remembering the goal gives you more confidence in trusting your decision. It also helps you to be patient and understanding to your parents and even the new caregivers. Remember to take care of yourself during this period and have a healthy routine.
While the move to a memory care center may be hectic, sticking to the basics may help you handle the situation efficiently. The transition will take time from weeks to months. A positive outlook and right support may help your loved one adapt faster to the new home.