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Determining whether to move your loved one out of a nursing home

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2020 | Elder Law | 0 comments

Even if an elderly parent requires more care than you can give, moving her to a Florida nursing home may adversely affect her health and well-being. During the transition period from living in her own home to a care facility, determining if issues are detrimental to her health or as a result of the change can be challenging. 

According to AARP, changing from a caregiver role to advocate is stressful, especially if your loved one complains about what happens when you are not there. She may believe she is not getting the care and attention she needs. Some concerns may be legitimate, and others may be the result of being in new living quarters. As a result, some solutions are more easily addressed than others. 

Roommate conflicts

The majority of living facilities have more than one resident per room or unit. A period of adjustment often follows the move. If your loved one was not in favor of the relocation, the transition is rarely smooth. Roommate conflicts are among the most common issues with new residents. Giving her time to settle in and getting involved with the nursing home can help you, your loved one and the staff more comfortable with the new arrangements. 

Care quality issues

Significant time and effort go into finding the right facility for an aging parent or family member. You likely spent time learning about the home’s features and benefits before making the move, with quality of care being among the primary concerns. If you notice a change in her, such as a lack of attention to personal hygiene, weight loss or bedsore, addressing them quickly is critical. If it appears that the staff is unresponsive, an in-depth investigation can identify whether the problem is a case of elder abuse or neglect.