Has caring for a loved one become a priority in your life? If so, it may be in their best interest to look for assistance outside of the home. While this change can often be a frightening reality for you and your loved one, the truth is that a nursing home can provide all the required care in a loving environment. The caring and attentive staff and medical professionals at Wesley Gardens have served the Rochester, NY, area since 1960. Below, they outline signs it’s time to consider a nursing home for your senior care needs.
When It’s Time to Move Your Loved One Into a Nursing Home
Impaired Mobility & Transfers
As we age, our mobility and flexibility decreases, making us prone to slipping, falling, or difficulty moving from one place to another. Climbing stairs, getting out of bed, and moving around takes extra effort and time. If your loved one finds their normal routine physically challenging, and has difficulty performing basic activities of daily living (ADLs) like walking, eating, bathing and cooking, consider alternative elder care options, such as a nursing home.
Increased Physical & Medical Care Needs
Certain situations require the experience of a professional medical team of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. If your loved one needs more comprehensive care from an interdisciplinary team than you feel comfortable giving, a nursing home provides expert care in a home-like setting. You can rest easy knowing that a team of medical professionals are providing the best of care for your family member and coordination all medical and dental services.
Concerns Over Your Loved One’s Safety
Accidents and falls become more frequent as we age, making independent living a more challenging option. With an attentive nursing home staff on hand, accidents such as falling or tripping are minimized and preventative interventions are addressed immediately. A nursing home can provide an array of therapy services to increase your family member’s strength and lessen the risk of future falls. Wesley Gardens’ rehabilitative services also incudes an continence program.
You or Your Extended Family Experience Increased Stress
Caregiving is a stressful, full-time job. No family member should have to experience the rigors of taking on the tasks of transfers, bathing, and medical care without appropriate training. Despite the desire, no individual can provide all of these services on their own. Within the safe walls of a nursing home, you can relax and enjoy spending time with your loved one instead of worrying about their overall well being.
Wandering or Memory Loss Brought on by Dementia or Other Escalating Disease
Often, sufferers of dementia or Alzheimer’s experience aggression toward their caregivers. They can also wander from home, leave a stove on, or become confused. Wesley Gardens’ medical team of geriatricians can also identify medication dose and interactions that can be the cause of these symptoms. When situations like these arise, it is best for the loved one to receive support from a qualified staff in a safe environment. Not only can the caregiver or loved one get hurt, but they can also experience overwhelming feelings of guilt, pain, or stress.
If you have concerns that it’s time to move your loved one into the safe environment of a nursing home, you are not alone. The knowledgeable staff at Wesley Gardens located conveniently in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts is on hand to answer any questions you might have. Call (585) 241-2100 or visit their website for more information on their services, including respite, long-term, and dementia care.