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Moving to a Care Home: Helping the Elderly

May 4, 2021

It has happened. The strong, healthy grandparents that you knew as a child have decided that it is time to move to a care home. While this is most certainly the circle of life, moving from a home that they have been living in for years can be an extremely hard adjustment. 

Unfortunately,moving to a care home is sometimes the only choice for families who are living with an elderly loved one who starts needing around the clock supervision and care.  This adjustment could be even harder if they are widowed already and making the move to a care home where they do not know anybody.

Your loved ones are going to go through feelings of deep depression, sadness, anger and helplessness during the moving process and it is your job to remain as strong as possible in order to help them to cope with the change that they are making to their lives.

The Elderly and How They Cope with Change 

Change is one of the hardest things to deal with in life, especially if you are elderly and already set in your ways. Change can also bring about a number of feelings and emotions in your loved ones who is having to adjust to living in a care home. 

These feelings and emotions can be:

1)    Depression

2)    Anxiety

3)    Sadness

4)    Anger about having to move to a care home

5)    Feelings of abandonment

Some people may not exhibit all of these symptoms while others may show anxiety and depression on one day and then be relatively cheerful the next day.  It is important to remember that with your help and guidance these mood swings will slowly start to slow down as they accept the change.

Physical and Emotional Complications of Change in The Elderly

Change can cause emotionally, mentally, and physical complications in the elderly. It is important to monitor your elderly loved one closely while they are settling into their new care home.  

People who experiencing the symptoms of a sudden change can experience some or all of the following symptoms: 

·      Trouble sleeping

·      No interest in eating or nutrition

·      Concentration and decision issues.

·      Feelings of sadness and abandonment.

With this being said, there are particular warning signs to look out for if your elderly loved one is suffering from stress and anxiety due to moving home and a sudden change.

If you feel that your family member is exhibiting any of the following symptoms it may be time to seek professional help or counselling for them. 

These warning signs can include:

·      Failure to take part in any day-to-day activities.

·      Weight loss and not eating.

·      Substance Abuse.

·      Not keeping up appearance.

·      A lack of interest in activities or any form of exercise.

·      Isolating themselves from others and refusing to make new friends in the care home.

 

The Benefits of Moving Your Loved One to A Care Home


Assisted living facilities offer an array of social interaction which helps senior citizens to live their lives to the fullest while at the same time being supported by care staff should they require any assistance.

There are many benefits to moving to a care home for your loved one.

# 1 Assisted Care

This is one of the reasons why elderly citizens move to care facilities even if they are still relatively fit and strong when they move in. Eventually as they age,they will require more care and assistance on-site. 

# 2 Intellectual stimulation

Mental stimulation may lower or at least delay the risk of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other types of cognitive diseases. Care facilities for the aged have various activities for their residents to do all day every day. These activities can help the elderly to stay engaged and focused.

# 3 Safety and Nutrition

Living alone in a big house alone is not safe for senior citizens and can pose many security risks. Assisted living offers security and peace of mind to the family of the elderly.  

When living at home the task of preparing meals can become quite overwhelming for an elderly person or couple. Assisted living allows your loved one to receive healthy and nutritious meals every day.

How Can I Look After My Parent Who Has Just Moved to A Care Home?

There are a few ways  in which you can try and reassure your elderly loved ones when they are going through a life changing experience. 

# 1 Address Their Physical Needs

Stress can cause people to lose interest in caring for themselves. Here are a few waysin which to help your parent take care of themselves while dealing with anxiety and depression: 

-       Ensure that they are eating a healthy diet.

-       Help them find ways in which to sleep better at night.

-       Make sure that their newcare home is offering the correct medical treatment.

-       Encourage your loved one to engage in social activities as well as regular exercise and make to friends.

# 2 Respect Their Feelings

Everyone shows their feelings in different ways and its important to accept that there is no right or wrong way in which your elderly loved one is going to accept change.

Respect the way that your loved one is feeling and try to understand that even though you feel that they should be excited for their new transition they more than likely are not going to be.

# 3 Accept Their Moods

Being emotional and having ups and downs are par for the course for a person who is trying to cope with change. Your elderly love done may seem fine one minute and then completely overwhelmed in a few minutes time.  Unfortunately, how your loved one deals with change is going to be unpredictable. 

The best way to handle these mood swings isto be as understanding and as empathetic as you can to the personality changes that are going to occur in your elderly loved as they are yearning for their old home.

Your loved one may also experience bouts of forgetfulness, lack of concentration and disorientation in the weeks following the move. 

# 4 Just Listen

In some cases, all you can do is make sure that you are able to be there to listen. Let your loved one know that it is healthy to talk about their feelings. Remember that moving from their home to a care home can be a traumatic experience for them.

# 5 Try Not to Give Advice 

Your loved one is more than likely not going to takewell to any suggestions of what they should or shouldn’t do or how they should or should not be feeling. This advice can sometimes tend to make the situation worse.  Rather let them know that you are there to assist them every step of the way. 

# 6 Stay Connected 

If your loved one is in a care home, make sure to check in on them often. This could mean a simple phone call or video call to make them feel that they are not alone and that they are able to contact you with the mere click of a button.

For some elderly people, services like Skype or other video calling applications proved to be too confusing to navigate and use. At Care2Talk we realized that there was a huge gap in the services available to connect seniors or people with dementia or cognitive disabilities with their caretakers,family, or friends. Our application allows for a better exchange of information since both speaker and listener are able to see and interpret body language and facial expressions

At Care2Talk, we realized that there was a huge gap in the market and decided to launch our application to enable senior citizens to have contact with loved ones no matter how far away they may be from each other.

Our application allows for a better exchange of information since both speaker and listener are able to see and interpret body language and facial expressions.

Our specialized application allows for a better exchange of information since both speaker and listener are able to see and interpret body language and facial expressions.

This iOS/Android App uses a specially designed interface on a mobile or tablet device to create an easy-to-use video chat tool for those with cognitive decline and other impairments who may find alternative methods difficult to navigate.

This includes people who are suffering from conditions associated with:

·    Aging & Dementia

·    Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities

·    Brain Injuries

·    Vision Impairment

·    Physical Disabilities

 

Visit the Care2Talk's website to find out more about purchasing a tablet now at only$199 USD per tablet plus $10/month.

 

Let us help you to connect seniors to their loved ones - it's just one simple touch away!

 

 

 

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