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Can you help your family member adjust to a nursing home?

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2018 | Nursing Home Neglect |

Your loved one has recently made the transition into a nursing home in New York, but not without considerable research on your part. You wanted to find a facility that had lots of good reviews, demonstrated compassion and provided high quality care and access to medical assistance. Now that your loved one is living on the perimeter, you are wondering what you can do to help he or she to feel more at home. 

Helping your loved one with such a big adjustment can facilitate the process of learning a new routine, accepting a new environment, making new friends and utilizing the help and resources provided. When your loved one feels that you care and that the nursing home staff are committed to providing optimal treatment, he or she may be more willing to trust and interact with staff members which is critical to ensure that an optimal outcome is experienced. According to verywellhealth.com, some helpful things that you can do to aid in this transition include the following:

  • Be thorough when you disclose your loved one’s medical history, likes, hobbies and interests to nursing home staff. 
  • Find out what activities are available and encourage your loved one to get involved in community events that are designed to help residents mingle and make friends. 
  • Decorate your loved one’s living space with some cherished and familiar items from home. 
  • Make time to visit with your loved one regularly to let he or she know that you care. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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