Seven Tips To Keep Your Loved Ones Happy In A Nursing Home

Seven Tips To Keep Your Loved Ones Happy In A Nursing Home

When deciding how to deal with your aged loved ones, it is essential to ensure that they receive the best possible care.

In that regard, many people prefer to send their seniors and aged adults to nursing homes where they receive a wide range of health and personal services. It's often one of the most significant changes a senior will make in later years.

However, for an aging individual, the transition from living independently to being put into a home can be difficult.

The number associated with age can sometimes take a toll on a person's emotional and mental health, causing them to feel helpless, disregarded, and left out in their community.

In this situation, it is the sender's (or the "loved one's") responsibility to make sure that their seniors don't lose their self-esteem.

So what can a loved one do to make sure their aging members or other senior individuals remain content and young at heart (while at an assisted living facility)?

Here's what you can do:

1. If possible, say no to mobility aids

Some seniors must rely on mobility aids such as walkers and wheelchairs.

Suppose your loved one can get around without pain or moves a little slower than they ought to; take the time to slow down and encourage them to walk around with you. Also, tell them only to use mobility aids if they feel pain or become too tired.

Also, turning down mobility aids for a senior who can walk on their own is essential because using aids that require you to be seated for hours can cause ulcers, such as bedsores.

If, however, you do notice any mild changes in your loved one's skin, such as a spot that looks different from the surrounding skin, have it checked.

There's a chance they may be victims of stage 1 bedsores, which are less harmful, but if not taken care of, they can cause more significant problems.

2. Surround them with personal items 

Because they can't truly bring everything with them, older people who move into nursing homes are frequently required to trim down their belongings.

Assist them in sorting through their most treasured possessions, choosing those that will fit and make their new surroundings feel like home.

Favorite photographs, heirlooms, and furniture are all examples of such items. Favorite chairs, photographs, and heirlooms are examples of such things.

3. Send a care package by mail. 

Arrange care packages containing thoughtful goods such as handmade cards and your child's crafts, a book by a favorite author, a small photo album, foods or snacks approved by the facility, etc.

Moreover, residents may share or gain access to off-limits food for some residents due to medical allergies or conditions. 

Some non-slip house shoes, a new throw blanket, or a new robe demonstrate that you are concerned about your loved one's well-being.

Whichever method of communication you choose, you will brighten your loved one's day.

4. Relationship maintenance 

Nursing homes allow seniors to form new relationships and strengthen existing ones, enhancing their health and happiness.

People who have strong connections are happier, and they also prevent physical and mental decline over time. 

Seniors who live in nursing homes can make friends with people their age and the staff who care for them.

Here are a few pointers to help your loved ones maintain positive relationships:

  • Pay frequent visits.
  • Express any questions or concerns to the staff
  • See if old neighbors or friends can pay them a visit
  • Please encourage them to interact with other residents

5. Have a sleepover with them every once in a while

You know what they say: There's no place like home.

That includes sleeping in one's bed. As a result, the most challenging part of moving into a nursing home is that first night in a weird place for many people.

In fact, for some, it can be a traumatic experience. So make superior preparations with the nursing home for overnight stays. It will eventually feel like home to them.

6. Keeping health care 

If seniors need to live in a nursing home, they likely have a chronic disability or illness that necessitates long-term care.

Loved ones and nursing home staff must meet these health care needs to keep elders as healthy and happy as possible.

Some nursing homes may not be fully resourced to meet the needs of all of their residents. Some may ignore their duties or even abuse the residents out of anger or unhappiness.

You may need to intervene to ensure your loved one's protection in these cases.

Here's how to ensure your senior is receiving proper care in a nursing home:

  • Pay regular visits to your loved ones and keep an eye on their health.
  • Keep track of any changes in their presence or behavior.
  • Do they appear scared or perplexed? Are there any new scrapes, bruises, or cuts on them? These could be indications of abuse. Express your concern to staff members.
  • Install a surveillance camera or report suspected abuse to a state or local investigator. 

If things don't approve, prepare to take action.

7. Allow them to be themselves

Finally, if your aging loved one has always been the type to complain, it's unlikely that you'll be able to alter that now. 

Some people are pleased when they can complain about how inconceivable everything and everyone is.

There's no damage in attempting to brighten up or reengage a senior, but they may fight you on it. 

In that particular instance, your only option is to change your mindset and how you respond to their negativity.

Let them scream. Then, distance yourself from their objections and avoid taking their attitude personally. People are inconsiderate, we all agree.

Accept no responsibility. Don't squabble. Allow groans and objections to float by unless there is cause to be worried.

Keep an eye out for more severe signs of an underpinning mental or physical health issue that may be affecting their moods and behavior. You can both live your lives as happily as possible this way.

Conclusion

These are some ways you can keep your loved ones happy and satisfied in a nursing home.

It is frightening for an aged senior to be transferred to a place far from their home, and the fear of being alone often puts them in misery.

However, considering the best and most effective ways to make a living in a nursing home easier for your loved one will go a long way towards ensuring a satisfying and happy life.

So use this article as a guide to making things easier and tolerable for your old ones.



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