Residential Care: How to Be Brave When Bringing Your Family Here

elderly with their doctor

For most families, putting their loved ones in a nursing home is dreadful. It’s a symbol that their loved ones are getting weaker. But they have to do it if all family members have work or lead busy lives. You don’t need to look at this situation in a negative way. If you’ve got a loved one you need to bring in, you should stay committed to helping them transition. Here are some ways to do that.

Do Your Research

One writer shared what she went through when looking for residential care. She expressed how hard it is to look for a home for seniors when they want to stay at home with their families. The problem with home-based care is that it’s expensive. Many families can’t afford it.

One way to have some peace of mind is to know your options. Do some research about all the facilities before bringing in your loved one. Choose a residential care service with the best support for them.

Keep the Communication Lines Open

The National Center on Caregiving suggests a family meeting. Everyone who can decide must be present. Talk about your options and how much you can afford. Ask everyone who can help and what kind of help they can give. Everyone must also understand all the responsibilities they will be committing to.

Include the care recipient if they can still decide for themselves. Tell them what you can do for them, but let them know your limitations. It’s important to talk about these things early on so they know that you aren’t abandoning them, but that you also need to take care of your own needs.

Family Support

Don’t do this on your own because that’s stressful. If you can, ask for help from family members, friends, and relatives. The support doesn’t always have to be monetary but getting it will reduce some of the load on your shoulders. Moral support is also very helpful at this time.

elderly woman and her caregiver

Caregivers Self-care Tips

If you’re the caregiver, you should attend a support group or individual counselling. Keep in mind that being a caregiver is exhausting. You’ll need moral support yourself, as well as some free time to clear your mind.

Money Issues

The biggest issue in this situation is money. If you have it then you can go with home-based care. A lot of carers will still choose this because of the emotional baggage that can come with caring for a sick family member. Your family can still live a good life while in residential care. You can also live your life and visit them often.

How to Handle Your Emotions

Bringing your loved ones to residential care is challenging. For this reason, you must take the time to check your emotions. You might suddenly decide not to bring them because you feel guilty. You’ll let them stay with you for as long as you can. But this will drain you in the long run especially when they have tantrums.

You’ll feel a lot of things because you love your family. But you have to decide not only for their good but yours too. Keep your emotions in check and decide when you’re not too stressed out. Be objective about it so that you can choose the best option for your family and yourself as well.