When anyone moves to a new place where they only have a small amount of familiarity, the transition period can be very challenging. One of the issues we hear about with older people needing nursing home care is that they feel unsafe in their new surroundings. This is not necessarily a reflection of the environment they have moved to but more so a reaction to being uncomfortable. It’s a natural thing that many people, regardless of age, struggle with when big moves happen in their lives.
If you know someone who has recently moved into a nursing home or if you work at one of these facilities, there are a few ways in which you can put new residents’ minds at ease. At Senior Health Care Solutions, we pride ourselves on offering the most comforting services to every patient we encounter. Read to learn more about these services and how we help make life in a nursing home a little bit easier.
Identify the Reason for Fear
The first thing you must do when attempting to help a loved one overcome a sense of fear and make them more comfortable is to identify why they are fearful of living in a nursing home. The transition will be much smoother if that variable can be eliminated or dampened.
For some people, there is anxiety created because their surroundings are different from where they have lived their entire lives. For others, sadness might set in if they believe a nursing home is only for those at the end of their lives. As a loved one, you need to understand this fear and do your best to find the silver lining in the new situation.
Create a Welcoming Environment
If you work at a nursing home, your job should be to make living in a nursing home feel like a new beginning for every resident. Try to add a little excitement to each day at the facility through the development of group activities. It would be best if you tried to keep as many residents involved as possible and create a truly welcoming community.
Loved ones also have a part to play in helping to create a vibrant nursing home community. Make frequent visits and keep your relatives engaged in life outside of the nursing home, and promote the activities that are available to them in-between visits. It would help if you encouraged your elderly relatives to stay active and engaged regardless of their living situation.
Offer the Full Promise of Health Care
Health care is more than just medications and surgeries. At the best nursing homes, patients will be allowed to talk about their thoughts and feelings in a therapeutic way that benefits their mental health. Nursing home workers can do an incredible service by building relationships with the patients and administering simple mental health check-ups.
Senior Health Care Solutions tries to uphold the full promise of health care by looking out for our residents on multiple levels. We know the transition process of living in a nursing home comes with significant challenges. Because of this, offering mental health care options when necessary is even more critical than usual.
Consider Living in a Nursing Home to Be an Opportunity
Life in a nursing home should be seen as an opportunity to meet new people, engage in new activities and keep up with their health. Our facilities are meant to be welcoming places, and our incredible staff does everything they can to make everyone feel safe and comfortable in their new home. Give Senior Health Care Solutions a call to learn more about how our care options can help the elderly people in your life.