Nursing Home Placement Requires Research, Participation
“I’ll never put my loved one in a nursing home.” Sound familiar? Yet, there are many reasons someone might actually need to go into a nursing home. They may have a chronic illness or disability that requires round-the-clock care. They may be struggling with dementia or other cognitive decline. They may be unable to live independently due to physical or mental limitations.
For those considering placing a loved one in a nursing home, it is important to do research and find a facility that is right for them. Visit the facility, meet with the staff, and talk to other families who have loved ones there. Make sure the facility is clean, safe, and provides the level of care that your loved one needs.
It is also important to be prepared for the emotional impact of putting a loved one in a nursing home. Many feel guilty, sad, or angry. It is important to allow time to grieve the loss of the loved one's independence, but also remember you are doing what is best for them.
Nursing homes can provide a safe and supportive environment for older adults needing help with their daily living activities. They can also provide access to medical care, social activities, and other resources that can help them maintain their quality of life.
Those facing the difficult decision to put a loved one in a nursing home are not alone. There are many resources available to help make the best decision.
Here are some tips for coping with the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home:
• Get involved in your loved one's care. Visit them regularly, and participate in activities and events at the facility.
• Find a support group. There are many support groups available for families of loved ones who are in nursing homes. These groups can provide emotional support and advice.
• Connect with an elder law attorney to discuss options on how to find and afford care while protecting the loved one’s savings and assets.
Putting a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision, but it can be the best option. Following these tips can make the transition easier for everyone involved.
Bob Mannor is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Presenter, Author & host of Advice from Your Advocates Podcast. Contact the Mannor Law Group at 810.694.9000.