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Helping your loved one make a smooth transition to aged care living

There comes a point in the life of your elderly loved one when you realise that they just can’t continue to maintain their current lifestyle in their long-time home due to physical and/or mental frailties. It’s often hard for them to come to grips with this unasked-for new reality, and they may become stubborn and resist making the inevitable transition to a place for aged care where they can be properly looked after and where their needs will be met and safety assured.

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Helping a loved one make the transition into even a facility as pleasant and welcoming as aged care in Sunshine Coast can be a difficult process fraught with emotions for all involved. Even so, if you enter into it with some preparation, you can make the transition not just smoothly, but even pleasantly. The following are some tried and true tips for helping even the most recalcitrant loved one enter their new aged care residence with a smile!

Tips to help your loved one transition to their aged care residence

Talk about it

You will need to engage in an honest discussion with your loved one about your concerns for their health and well-being. Talk about the inevitable necessity of seeking care in a new residence. Also, ask for their preferences as to what kind of living situation they will be entering.

Describe the amenities, services, and options available so they feel involved and empowered as much as possible by having a say in their future! It’s wise to begin this conversation early to they have ample time to process and adjust while also expressing their feelings and concerns.

It’s also important they be given time to say farewell to their old home and come to terms with leaving it behind. Focus on the positives like community activities to help them overcome any regrets, and help them prepare for a new and different lifestyle that might just prove exciting!

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Personalise their new space

Everybody loves to decorate! Be sure to give your loved one the opportunity to personalise their new living space by choosing some familiar belongings to bring with them like decorations, memorabilia, and photos to make them feel at home.

They can also choose their preferred furnishings and colour schemes from the facility’s catalogue so they will be able to move into a space they can truly call their own!

Get them out and about

As the old song goes, “Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home!” There are plenty of things to do and see in modern aged care facilities.

Some are well-tended public gardens, and community centres full of games and activities, including a wide variety of scheduled events they can choose to participate in! This is a great way to make new friends among the other residents, and join a friendly, active community!

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Visit often

As much as your loved one will enjoy their new friends and lifestyle, they will always be happiest when they see your smiling face come through the door.

We lead busy lives, but it’s so important to make ample time for your loved one and share yourself with them, it really matters!

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Conclusion

By following these tips, you can help your loved one adjust to aged care living with a positive and optimistic outlook. Remember, aged care facilities offer a safe and supportive environment where your loved one can thrive in their golden years.

The transition to aged care can be an emotional roller coaster, but with open communication, personalisation, and continued engagement, you can help your loved one find comfort and enjoyment in this new chapter. Their new residence can become a vibrant hub of social connection, engaging activities, and a renewed sense of purpose.

Most importantly, by staying involved and making regular visits, you can assure your loved one of your continued love and support. This ongoing connection will not only make them feel cherished but also ease any anxieties they may have about this new stage of life. Embrace aged care not as an ending, but as a new beginning filled with possibilities for growth, connection, and a life well-lived.

We hope this helps you make your loved one’s transition to aged care a smooth and happy one!

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