Moving into an aged care facility can be an emotional and difficult time for your loved one.
Helping them cope with this process can make the transition a smoother and less stressful one for all family members involved. Here are some tips to help you in this process:
If the move is sudden
If your loved one suffers from an accident or a crisis occurs, they may need to move suddenly into an aged care facility. Families can then feel pressured to find a suitable aged care home in a short period of time.
To alleviate some of this stress you may want to start looking for suitable aged care facilities before a crisis occurs. This will give you time to visit each aged care home and make a list of your top choices.
If you can’t decide which aged care home to choose
Choosing an aged care facility for your loved one can often cause conflict and disagreements between your family members.
When making this decision you should always think about what’s best for them and what facility they would choose.
It may be helpful to discuss with them their plans and hopes for the future. This will help you to gain a better understanding of what they are looking for in a new home.
When your loved one refuses
Asking a relative to move into an aged care facility can be difficult, especially if they refuse to go. If your loved one feels like they are being pushed out of their home they will be more likely to refuse.
It’s a good idea to talk to them first and involve them in the decision. You can discuss your concerns for their safety and wellbeing in their current home and discuss the positives of moving into an aged care facility.
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