Making it Easier – Placing an Elder in a Nursing Home
A nursing home is an institution where people who need round-the-clock nursing care can live out their final years. It’s often a place where the care is extremely specialized because people with advanced illnesses and disabilities often require a high level of services. In a nursing home, you’ll find all of the services available in a hospital and others geared to helping people remain as independent as possible.
These days, nursing homes are increasingly seen as an option that offers real advantages for everyone involved. One of the biggest benefits for your parent is the peace of mind that their needs will be met. It’s also important to remember that the quality of nursing home care has improved tremendously in recent years, as more attention has been given to the everyday needs and concerns of nursing home residents.
Even with all the benefits of living in a nursing home, it can still be a difficult thing to discuss and do. Today, let’s take a closer look at how the process can be easier for you and your parent. Here’s what you need to know:
Plan Ahead and Work with Other Family Members
One of the most important steps you can take is to plan. In most cases, nursing home care is covered by Medicare or a private health insurance policy. You should initiate the process as soon as you know your parent will need a place to live.
If your parent lives in a medical facility now, ask the facility about their transfer-out policies. They may be able to transfer your parent to a nursing home as soon as they need it—or at least give you a warning. This is not a bad idea, especially if your parent will have to change health insurance plans. It’s best to be prepared for that process as well.
Get Their Thoughts on The Subject
Many people who enter a nursing home do so because they were told they needed to or had a crisis that put them there. They may feel much more comfortable and at home if they could choose themselves.
If your parent is already on board with moving to a nursing home, you will have a much easier and calmer process. Still, if they are resistant, you might want to ask them if it’s because they are afraid or worried about the experience.
Have an Honest Conversation
It’s essential to have an honest conversation about what living in a nursing home will be like. Nursing homes can be overwhelming, especially if it’s the first time experiencing it. Your parent may be overwhelmed by the number of people, the unfamiliar smells, the noises, and the uncertainty. The best way to avoid these feelings is to talk about them.
Listen to What They Have to Say
Once you and your parent understand what living in a nursing home will be like, it’s time to listen. Your parent may have fears that you haven’t even thought of, and listening to them can give you an idea of what you can do to make their transition a little easier.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, while planning, talking to your parent, and listening to and understanding their feelings is the best way to smooth the transition, there’s no way to make the process completely painless or easy. You will most likely experience some sort of emotional upheaval as you come to terms with the reality of the situation.
If you are looking for a nursing center or hospice and palliative care center, we can help you. Morristown HC is a premier nursing home located directly across the street from Morristown Medical Center. Our center is ideally situated to serve as a bridge between hospital and home. Our high caliber of patient-centered care is recognized in our status as a member of Atlantic Health System’s esteemed FICT program. We take pride in delivering a comprehensive continuum of clinical excellence imbued with warmth and compassion. Contact us today to learn more.