How to Help Your Elderly Parent Settle into Their New Care Home

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Perhaps you and your sibling recently made the tough decision to start looking for the right care home for your parent.

Maybe, instead, it is your mother or father who has expressed that they would feel happier, more in control, and even more independent living in such a residence. 

When it comes to the moving date itself and the weeks that follow, you will naturally want to help them settle in as quickly and as easily as possible; here is how. 

Take Familiar & Sentimental Personal Items Beforehand

Familiarity is one of the more essential components of feeling comfortable and confident when moving to a new home regardless of age, and for your elderly parent who has probably spent decades living in their own home, the more personal items in their new dwellings, the better.

If possible, arrange for some personal items to be brought to your parent’s new home ahead of their arrival, such as a couple of blankets or throws from the couch, and in addition, consider spraying the room with the same air freshener used in your parent’s old house. 

Additionally, you could talk to the staff members about decorating your parents’ new room before they move in. 

Talk to the Staff Members Together 

Eastleigh Care Homes boast a huge wealth of facilities, both in the context of medical care and assistance and also in terms of amenities, including a sizeable outdoor garden, to ensure the residents are as comfortable and live as independently as possible. 

What is more, such care homes are the ideal example of places where should the resident or you have any particular questions or queries once they have moved in, the staff members will be more than willing to do everything possible to accommodate their desires. 

Encourage Socializing & Leisure Activities 

Just in the same way as, when starting a new job, on the first day you are bound to feel like a fish out of water, the easiest way to alleviate such feelings for your parent is to actively encourage them to socialize with their fellow residents.

Now, even if your parent has always been somewhat of a lone wolf, moving to a care home presents its own set of challenges, most of which are hard to understand should you not live in a care home yourself. 

Encouraging conversations and supporting blossoming friendships will not only help your parent to feel more relaxed but will also add an element of fun and excitement to their daily life too. 

Remain as Involved & Present as Possible 

As your loved one begins to relax in their new surroundings, arrange walks with other residents, start chatting to their favorite staff members over breakfast, and generally start to integrate themselves into the care home community, your job is far from complete.

Even when your parent has been residing in the home for a couple of years or more, the family and friend link is absolutely vital, and this is why you should always make yourself a regular fixture in the home as a visitor. 

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