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Three Tips to Help an Elderly Loved One Transition to a Nursing Home

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by Karen Mozzer on 6/26/15, 7:30 AM

The move to a nursing home feels intimidating to baby boomers who have spent a large portion of their lives living in their own home. They may feel like they are losing independence and control. Following a few simple steps can help make the transition to an assisted living facility as painless as possible for baby boomers.

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Visit Before Admission's Day

The day that your loved one is formally admitted to a nursing home is stressful and emotional for all parties involved. One way to make the day as emotionally peaceful as possible is to have your loved one familiarize herself with the assisted living facility before the actual admission date.

You can have your loved one meet with the staff that will be providing regular care so that he will know who to expect to see at his new home. For example, if your loved one will have to regularly meet with a psychiatrist, have him get acquainted prior to the move.

If there is an activity that your loved one enjoys, have her sit in on the meetings so that she can begin to meet other baby boomers with a shared interest.

Make the Room a Home

Ensuring that your loved one's new room feels like a home is a simple, but effective way to make the transition process easier. Outfit the room with pictures of family or mementos that inspire happy memories. If a holiday is quickly approaching, your loved one can choose a few decorations to add a touch of holiday cheer to the new space.

Acknowledge Negative Comments

As your elderly loved one gets used to a nursing home, he may make negative comments, either about the home or life in general. Do not ignore the comments, even if they are unfounded. Empathy goes a long way in making your loved one feel like he still has a voice. If you can help solve the issue, offer a few suggestions. If the complaint is more abstract, a kind ear and a warm hug can do wonders to show your loved one that you care about their feelings.

The move to a nursing home is a significant event in the life of a baby boomer. Following these simple suggestions makes the shift to life in a nursing home significantly less overwhelming for you and your loved one.

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