I’m excited to let you know about my recent post for family members at Care Conversations.org. Readers who are long-term care staff members will find it a helpful resource to share with family members.
Moving to an assisted living or a skilled nursing facility can be challenging for both you and your loved one. To help make the transition less stressful, it’s often suggested that family members work with staff to ensure their loved one’s needs are being met. Here are some ways to become a valuable player on the nursing home team:
- Keep an open mind – It is normal to feel nervous about placing a loved one in a long-term care facility. But as our loved ones grow older and begin experiencing more and more health issues, their needs are often best met by skilled nursing facilities. Entering a facility with an expectation of good care puts you in a teamwork frame of mind.
- Recognize the expertise of LTC workers – Nobody knows Mom, Dad or Aunt Sue like you do, but chances are that you haven’t handled a situation quite like this before. By contrast, those who work with elders have observed hundreds of similar situations and bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the care of your loved one. It’s good to have them with you on this journey.
- Appreciate your essential role on the team —