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How can I support a loved one who is moving into an aged care facility?

Moving into an aged care facility can be a big adjustment for both the resident and their loved ones. It is natural to feel a range of emotions, including sadness, anxiety, and guilt. However, it is important to remember that moving into an aged care facility is often the best way to ensure that your loved one receives the care and support they need.

 

There are a number of things you can do to support your loved one during this transition. Here are a few tips:

 

  • Talk to your loved one about their feelings. It is important to give your loved one the opportunity to express their feelings about moving into an aged care facility. Listen to them without judgment and offer your support.
  • Help them to prepare for the move. There are a number of practical things that you can do to help your loved one prepare for the move, such as packing their belongings, labeling their items, and choosing their new room.
  • Visit them regularly. It is important to stay in touch with your loved one after they move into an aged care facility. Visit them regularly and let them know that you are still there for them.
  • Get involved in the facility. There are a number of ways that you can get involved in the aged care facility where your loved one is living. You could attend social events, volunteer your time, or join the residents’ council.

Here are some additional tips for supporting your loved one in their new home:

 

  • Help them to make friends. Encourage your loved one to participate in activities and programs at the facility. This is a great way for them to meet new people and make friends.
  • Respect their privacy and independence. Allow your loved one to make their own decisions and live their life as they choose.
  • Be an advocate for them. If you have any concerns about your loved one’s care, be sure to speak to the facility staff. It is important to advocate for your loved one and ensure that they are receiving the care they need.

 

Moving into an aged care facility can be a difficult transition, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are a number of things you can do to support your loved one during this time. By following the tips above, you can help them to settle into their new home and live a happy and fulfilling life.

 

Best Nurses Australia is a leading provider of aged care nursing services in Melbourne and across Australia. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality care, in accordance with all relevant government regulations. Our nurses are highly skilled and experienced, and they are passionate about providing care and support to older Australians.