How to support residents transitioning into aged care

Itcan be a difficult time for family members to decide when their beloved relative or friend is no longer able to live on his or her own. It’s a heart-breaking scenario, but one that can be made easier with a great support system.

It depends purely on how this integration or transition is managed. Here are important factors to take into account before theyenter an aged care facility.

  • Be comforting, positive, and empathetic

Sometimes all a person needs is reassurance and a positive attitude to help them cope with this major change in their lifestyle. Focus on the change as something like a holiday, andbe comforting. Listen to his or her fears, and with empathy, try to help them overcome these fears.

  • Be willing to visit the facility with your loved one

When you visit the facility, you should try your best to engage your loved one with the staff and other aged residents. This relationship is important, not just for your loved one to integrate better, but also for your sake so that you can develop a sound friendship with the support staff there – which will give you a sense of confidence and trust.

  • Be a voice of encouragement for independence

Facilities usually have engaging activities such as Bingo, board games and book clubs, as well as an array of outdoor activities for those whose abilities are strong enough to manage such exercises. However, it is your job to encourage these your loved one to undertake these activities, which will provide them with a sense of independence again, and a purpose to live with as much joy as possible.

Whilstsupporting your loved onethrough thisdifficulttransition period, you should always bear in mind that a facility is a place designed to care for them and that it is genuinely best for them.

They are fully-equipped to manage your loved one’s needs. Also, don’t feel guilty about moving your loved one to a facility, and instead realise that this could be the start of a whole new adventure for them.

For more information or if you want to speak to an aged care professional about this transition, please call MACG now on (03) 9428 2800 or visit the website here.