Moving Seniors Between Facilities
Sometimes, residents in a nursing home have to be moved for any number of reasons: the facility might need a massive upgrade, the home may be in a geographical location that experiences severe seasonal weather, or government budget cuts may have rendered the facility unsafe to live in. Whatever the reason may be, it can be a traumatic event and requires special attention.
Upgrades and Renovations
Every building needs to be maintained on a regular basis, with a major upgrade needed every so often. For able-bodied people, this renovation is usually nothing more than an inconvenience as they a few weeks or months of repairs. But for nursing home residents who are elderly and may suffer from psychological or physical detriments, a large-scale upgrade can be incredibly tumultuous. Movement between facilities should be planned ahead as far in advance as possible, with tips gleaned from other nursing homes that have done it before successfully.
Nursing homes that are located in areas where weather can be an adverse effect, such as in Tornado Alley, the Gulf Coast, along earthquake fault lines or the Great Lakes region, can fall prey to Mother Nature’s whims and fancies. Most of the time, the weather is fairly stable and predictable but for a period each year, nursing homes can be right in the path of an earthquake, tornado, hurricane or blizzard. Ensuring the safety of seniors during these weather events can be a tricky and risky endeavour, as instances can crop up with little or not warning, with the rush of the move causing stress and anxiety for residents. To safeguard against this, staff should be well-trained in evacuation procedures so the process is carried out as smoothly as possible.
For example, Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, is particularly prone to bushfires. On October 17, a large bushfire swept through Springwood and destroyed 192 homes, and damaged another 109. In the line of fire were also eight facilities deemed ready for evacuation, with five having to do so. But because staff were used to the threat of wildfires in the area, they were able to evacuate safely.
The healthcare sector is one of most visible industries and, as a result, and happenings, whether positive or negative, tend to get more attention than may be fair to pay. And because funding to healthcare subsidiaries doesn’t remain stable and consistent over years and decades, nursing homes have to endure periodic budget cuts. Sometimes, a facility simply has to tighten their belt. They can still carry on and provide service, but some of the frills may be gone. Other times, the budget cuts are either so severe, or have been building up for so long, that a nursing home is forced to close and the residents have to be moved elsewhere.