Getting Prepared for the MovePlanning in advance for moving day can be helpful. You should be ready with either having family on hand or available by phone. Keeping the mood as positive as possible also helps. Help your loved one make the new home as comfortable and personal as possible. Some may feel more comfortable with the move if they have visited the facility before move in day. If your loved one is willing and able to be part of the selection process, involve them. Take them to the facility to meet the staff and see where they will be living. Discuss the move with the staff. They may have suggestions on how to make the transition easier. They can also tell you items to bring. You may also be able to schedule activities for your loved one after the move.
Creating a Comfortable EnvironmentYou can help your loved one feel more comfortable by bringing the comforts of home to the nursing home. Try to recreate the mood and ambiance of home. You can:
- Crafts - Bring things that your loved one has made.
- Collectibles – Bring some knick-knacks from home. However, don’t bring anything of real value. Valuable items may disappear in a nursing home.
- Family photos
- Decorate for the holidays
- Bring colorful artwork
- Add fresh flowers
- Reading materials – Bring books, newspapers, and magazines.
- Provide them with a telephone
- Put a television in their room