I asked some experienced nursing home residents if they had any advice they’d like to share with residents who were just arriving, in order to make their stay more pleasant. I was surprised by the diversity of their responses and the speed with which they gave them. Please add your suggestions to the comments section.
Find at least one person you trust to confide in
Attend recreational activities
Get a newspaper subscription and crossword puzzle books
Read the bible and pray a lot
Know your medication so you can double check what they’re giving you
Be friendly and polite
Make your room your own by decorating
Know that you’re not alone in thinking “I never thought I’d be in a place like this”
Read a lot of books
Accept where you are and remember, there are worse places you could be
Be as independent as possible
Don’t be afraid to try new recreational activities, because you might find something you really enjoy
Try to bring activities from your home life into your new life in the nursing home. For example, if you used to garden, bring plants into your room. If you used to do needlework, continue to do it.