When is it Time for a
Nursing Or Residential Home
Noticing a decline in your loved one, or when they become more unsteady on their feet may give you cause for concern.
Similarly stairs may become more of a problem, as they are more likely to sustain injuries from falls and confusion begins to reign. Furthermore it will be clear to you that they are no longer safe living alone in their apartment/house.
So you need to ask yourself, "when is it time for a nursing or residential home".
As a result it is a difficult an emotional mix of relief, guilt, reassurance and anxiety, when the time comes for your loved one to go to a Nursing or Residential home.
The time for a nursing or residential home will come when they will need 24 -hour personal supervision. This is something families should discuss sooner than later.
More often than not, homes have waiting lists and rooms are not always readily available.
It’s also a process that should be introduced gradually to your loved one. It’s not something they take kindly to at the best of times.
My one client was so anxious because she had an idea in her head, that all homes drug you so that you sleep all the time.
It took some serious persuasion to convince her otherwise. So you see their fears are very real to them.
Many family members feel real anguish over the decision for their loved one to go to a home.
Some see it as a failure to honour a parent's wishes to stay at home until the end.
Others see it as a loving and responsible act when safety becomes of paramount importance. You will often feel powerfully conflicted.
Below are some ideas for dealing with the many emotions that arise around this difficult family decision:
When is it time for a nursing or residential home? A very big question indeed.
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Happy Caring, Margot.