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Can you ease your loved one into a care facility?

Updated: Sep 27

Deciding to move your loved one into a care facility in New York might cause uncertainty and even guilt. However, this transition might be the answer to your concerns of overwhelm and burnout.

You might stress about making the move comfortable for everyone. Knowing how to ease the process could reduce tension and angst.

Communicate openly

In anticipation of the transition into a nursing home or long-term care facility, communicate openly with your family member. According to AARP, taking adequate time to prepare for the move may improve comfort, trust and satisfaction.

When beginning a discussion, express your unconditional love. Reinforce your commitment to maintaining a relationship and participating in caretaker duties. Express your concerns about feeling incapable of providing the type of care you feel your family member deserves. Talk about the benefits of moving to a facility where there are ample resources to improve comfort and quality of life. Listen to your loved one’s concerns and show compassion for everyone’s feelings and emotions.

Establish expectations

The transition could change the dynamic of your family. Anticipating changes may alleviate some of the angst and surprise that often accompanies these moves. Discuss each other’s expectations. Make sure you understand your loved one’s needs. Do adequate research about facilities that have the resources your family member relies on.

Even after the move, encourage your loved one to share experiences and feelings. Make sure you stay aware of individual needs and that any concerns receive immediate attention. Knowing your family member’s expectations and advocating for them may improve the overall experience.

Long-term care facilities can benefit you and your aging loved one. Timely preparation for this big transition may encourage a sustainable, comfortable and positive outcome.

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