Your loved one is no longer safe at home and you have found the appropriate facility; now it is time to do your best to settle them into the new environment and increase their long term success going forward. Here are some tips to enhance the transition.

Many individuals, leaving their homes to live in LTC Facilities, fear being put aside and forgotten by their families. Remember, the Family that commits to becoming members of the Care Team will be successful. The Long Term Care Facility DOES NOT REPLACE FAMILY!

Improve Your Loved One's Transition, Success and Happiness:
  • Involve your loved one in the process as much as possible.
  • Accompany them on admission day and stay several hours to get settled.
  • Set the room up as close to home as possible, with lots of family photos and some personal treasures, for both familiarity and to give visitors and staff something personal to talk about when visiting other than the usual question, "How do you feel?"
  • Visit and call frequently!
  • Keep them posted on all the facility activities so they will not feel isolated.
  • Encourage other family members to make similar visits.
  • Send out cards to friends with the new address and telephone number encouraging visits.
  • Encourage your loved one to get involved in community life and activities ASAP!
  • Go with them, if needed, in the beginning to facilitate this new behavior.
  • Family should participate in facility activities and programs; this is your loved one's new home.
  • Become well known to the staff, from the administrators to line staff. Things always go better when staff know you and your expectations for care of the resident.
Improve Your Transition, Success and Happiness:
  • Expect some feelings of guilt along the way, regardless of how well you have prepared and how well informed you have become. This is normal reaction and best dealt with by expressing your feeling to a trusted individual or staff who have a great deal of experience here. It helps to remember that your focus has been to create and deliver a safe and nurturing environment to your loved one. Despite your immediate feelings, you are serving them.
  • Be as positive and supportive as possible when offering feedback or complaints to staff. Realistic expectations are important and people generally want to serve and support the residents.

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