Scared About Moving Into A Nursing Home? Remember The Good Things! By Philip Loughran
As we get older, we start thinking about how our lives will change in the years to come. It can be hard to face up to the facts sometimes – you or someone you care about can’t go on living at home because it’s just too hard. Moving into a nursing home or care home can be the result of numerous factors, but commonly it’s down to the difficulty of living with health problems.
Ill health and disabilities that come with age can make life at home too hard without help. Having live-in care or carers at home is an option but usually this is too expensive for most people to afford. Plus there are modifications that need to be made to the home in order to make it easier to navigate and to help with washing and getting into bed. Family might not be able to provide the full scope of care, despite their best efforts. Sadly, some people might not have any family or loved ones to help.
Nursing care homes offer an opportunity to be cared for in a safe and comfortable environment. But the process of moving from your family home and into a new, strange environment can be upsetting. It can be very hard to leave the place where you raised a family and that you have so many wonderful memories of. That’s why choosing a nursing care home that feels like home is so important. Meeting the people who you’ll be spending time with, seeing the grounds and getting a feel for what life might be like in any particular nursing home is as important as the services provided.
Try to focus on the good things that living in a care home can bring. It can bring relief from the stresses that accompany old age and give you more time for enjoyment. You’ll be part of a community of people, many with similar experiences to you. You’ll have freedom to come and go, see friends and family and importantly, you will be cared for. Genuinely cared for. Staff in nursing homes not only have to be qualified in delivering care, they are required to be caring people. Forget the horror stories you may have heard or seen on TV. These nursing/care homes staff represent a tiny, almost immeasurable fraction of an otherwise dedicated, loving and brilliant workforce. If all the good deeds of care homes staff were reported on as much as the bad, there wouldn’t be enough hours in a day to report them all!
All good nursing care homes provide round the clock care and provide some of the services that a hospital might normally provide, which distinguishes them from traditional retirement homes. Specialist nursing care can be accommodated for in some circumstances, so if you need any particular treatments or medication, speak to staff and nurses – they’ll be able to arrange the best way forward for you.