One way to make a family member’s transition to nursing home living a little easier is with frequent visits. This will reassure your loved one that she’s not forgotten or abandoned. Beyond simply stopping by for a quick hello, put together a plan for a successful visitation schedule that allows you to carefully monitor your loved one’s wellbeing – physical, emotional and social.
Here are 5 tips for creating a successful nursing home visit:
1. Establish a visitation schedule so family members are dropping in at regular intervals. Not only does this give your loved one something to look forward to, but it also ensures your parent or relative isn’t going for long periods of time without a visit.
2. Bring a small gift or memento. This is especially helpful for those with memory loss as the gift you leave behind can help remind them someone stopped by. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy – a small bouquet of flowers, family pictures, a card or hand-drawn artwork from their grandchildren.
3. Plan an activity. If possible, take them on an outing. You could visit a park on a nice day or go on a small shopping trip. Visit friends or other family members or attend a musical concert or theater production. It’s important your family member remain connected to the people and activities they love. This helps them feel connected to their life before moving into the nursing home. If you’re not able to leave the nursing home, bring along a game or craft – something you can do together.
4. Ask questions and listen. Sadly, nursing home abuse is a very real occurrence. Even though you thoroughly vetted the facility, problems can arise. All visitors should be watchful for any signs of abuse – whether physical or emotional. Be sure to ask your loved one about recent events and activities, paying attention to signs of stress or agitation.
When it comes to nursing home abuse, family members must be ever mindful to red flags like bruises or injuries as well as signs of malnutrition or dehydration. Pay attention to your loved one’s emotional state, noticing if they appear withdrawn or nervous at the mention of certain staff member.
5. Don’t be afraid to follow up on your concerns. At every visit, check in with a nurse or staff member so you can discuss any issues. Plus, they can provide a progress report or share any changes to your loved one’s behavior or physical condition.
Planning regular visits to the nursing home will certainly make your loved one feel better about the new living arrangements and you’ll be able to carefully watch for any potential problems and address them quickly and thoroughly.
If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect at a South Carolina nursing home, turn to experienced attorneys like the team at Joye Law Firm. Since 1968, they have helped injured people recover not just the money they are entitled to, but also their lives.
To learn how Joye Law can help you, visit JoyeLawFirm.com or call (843) 507-4959.