Frailty and emergent events can lead a loved one to search for nursing home placement. Few people actually realize the level of care a nursing home can provide. In addition, the untrained assessor may inadequately identify a care level. In some cases, placing your loved one in a nursing home might be the best option. Unfortunately, you’ll likely be faced with several emotions when you make the final decision. To reduce your hesitation, the staff at Wesley Gardens, a nonprofit nursing home in Rochester, NY, shares a few suggestions to help you part with your family member.
How to Cope With Placing a Senior in a Nursing Home
1. Realize Professional Care Is Necessary
Often, families attempt to rearrange their schedules to give them enough time to care for an aging family member. However, unless you can provide help 24/7, you’re not meeting their needs. Understand that professionals are available to provide around-the-clock care, ensuring your loved one is always safe and comfortable.
2. Don’t Blame Yourself
Feelings of guilt are often associated with placing a family member in a nursing home. Try not to blame yourself for their mobility problems or illness, remembering they will still face the same issues regardless of who is providing care.
3. Don’t Avoid the Grieving Process
Placing your senior in a nursing facility can take an emotional toll. If the person lived with you, take time to accept the loss. Acknowledging the departure will not only help everyone in the household heal but also ensure you have a positive outlook when you go to the nursing home for a visit.
If you can no longer care for an aging family member, trust the professionals at Wesley Gardens to provide your loved one with the assistance they need, while showing them the compassion and respect they deserve. To schedule a tour of the nursing home in Rochester’s Cultural District, or to learn more about their senior care services, including physical therapy and dementia care, call (585) 241-2100. Visit the facility online to discover the many ways they will improve your senior’s quality of life.