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Dealing with the Transition

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - February 4, 2013

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For many seniors, the transition between living at home and moving on to a senior care home or nursing home can be very difficult. This is particularly true when these individuals are dealing with mental disorders or memory loss, making them more likely to be confused about the situation and what is happening within their lives. As a result, caregivers and family members have to consider the overall impact of the transition on the life of the senior in question. However, there are many ways that this transition can be eased and dealt with more appropriately after its initial impact.
It’s important to explain to your loved one that their moving into a new home of care does not mean that they have done something wrong. Those who are dealing with memory loss or mental disorders may not be able to remember what their current health condition and may believe that they have done something wrong in order to merit not living at home anymore. They need to understand that they have been moved to these new areas for their own protection and for the general improvement of their care. Sometimes family members are not able to provide them with all of the attention and quality of care that they need in their condition.
Those who are not dealing with mental disorders may understand why they are being put into care homes but may feel uneasy about the situation. The common fear is that someone is going to leave them there and that their family members are never going to come visit them anymore. It’s important to communicate to them that you will still be coming to visit them and that this doesn’t change anything about your relationship with each other. Explain to them that this is happening because you want to ensure that someone can take care of them better than you can.
In situations where the move is not permanent, it’s important to communicate to seniors that they will be able to leave the care home after they have recovered completely. This helps them to understand that this is not a permanent move and that they will be able to leave eventually. It may also provide them with more incentive to focus on doing everything they can to encourage their recovery. Overall, the most important aspect is to have proper communication with senior loved ones so that they understand that you will continue to love them throughout their transition and that they will not be abandoned with age.