Moving to a long-term care or supportive living is not easy. It is a difficult decision that usually comes at a time in a person’s life when there have been many changes, turmoil, and unknowns. Many families would say having a family member they love move to long-term care is one of the hardest decisions they have had to make. When people move into long-term care they may feel overwhelmed, and may experience changes to their independence, role, and family support.
For some families, questions such as, “Have I done the right thing? How will the staff know my dad or mom or spouse as well as I do? How will they know what they need? Can I forgive myself?” continue long after the move, but for most, building trust and connections with the health care team decreases these concerns and questions. Suggestions to help make the move easier for residents and families include:
- Talk openly about the move
- Focus on the positive
- Become involved in decisions and activities related to you or your loved one’s care
- Share information with the staff about yourself, your family, and friends
- Personalize your room
- Ensure the resident has enough personal supplies and clothing
- Get involved in activities of the Resident Council
- Invite visitors when you feel comfortable and settled
- Ask questions
Our pastoral care coordinator is available to support you and your family members during your transition. Long term care residents also have access to support from our Social Work department.