The nursing home can become either a dread or a joy to your loved one depending on the type of home you are putting him or her. This is why you must take extra care to get a good and reliable nursing home for your loved one. It is not unusual for many aged to live in the ursing home for long period of time. Some have been to die there. So, the home must be type that is worth living in for your loved one.
It is important for you to do follow-ups on the home and your loved one to ensure that your loved one is being treated properly. There is usually a period of 2-3 weeks for the transition from your home to the nursing home to be made. So, you need to be patient with your loved one as he or she makes the transition. He or she will surely behave strangely within the transition period. This is to be expected. The nursing should however help you as you try to convince your loved one that this indeed is his or her new home.
The following behaviours may be exhibited by your loved one when initially admitted into the nursing home. Your loved one may:
• Call you throughout the day: Don’t be surprised when your loved keeps calling you. He or she just want to hear you and assured that you still love him or her.
• Cry: Yes. Your loved one may cry when being admitted into the home. He or she has a lot going through his or her mind. So bear with them.
• Not Eat: This may be sign of protest against being taken to the home or just loss of appetite arising from worry and anxiety that has to do with moving into the home.
• Be Depressed: Depression often follows the aged when moving into a nursing home. Try to assure them that all will be well.
• Show Challenging Behaviours (i.e. acting out): When they exhibit a strange behaviour, try to calm them.
But after the transition period and finally settling down, you may still discover the following behaviours in your loved one:
• Upset: They may be upset for the new life they are now living. The home, to them is not full of friendly and lovely people like at home.
• Lonely: Loneliness is one of the first sign that they missed their loved ones and friends at home.
• Depressed: This happens when there is no one to talk and relate with.
• Scared: Being in a new place makes them scared.
• Worried: They will worry about you, their lives and welfare.
These behaviours are what should be expected from someone moving from a known world to the unknown world. So, don’t ever be angry at their behaviours. Be patient and understanding.
When you are visiting the nursing home ensure to look out for the following:
Staff Interaction: It is advisable that you visit the home at different times of the day in order to assess the staff interaction with residents and particularly your loved one. Look for the way the staff handles each resident. This is a clue to the type of life in the home.
The response of the home to your questions: When you have a question, how does the home staff handle it.
When visiting the home, ensure you check the feelings of your loved one. Is he scared, angry, depressed etc and take necessary action to tackle the feelings.
Moreover, check the overall build up of your loved. Is he too fat or too lean? If at all there will be change, it must not be too much.
Never leave the total care of your loved one to the nursing home. Make sure you visit the home regularly to see things for yourself and how your loved one is coping with life in the nursing home.
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