How to Prepare To Move Into A Nursing Home
||Dr. Jodee Graifman Meddy, DO, MS, LNHA|
Co-founder of SeniorSite.com.
Dr. Jodee Meddy is a nationally acclaimed Doctor, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and an expert on Long Term / Extended Care issues and Nursing Homes.
If you have chosen a facility to meet your short-term or long-term needs,
you might understandably have some apprehension about entering the facility,
despite having done your research. Nursing homes have resources available to
you to help you adjust on both a physical and emotional level. Social
workers, admissions staff, psychological support services staff, and
Resident Council members are generally available to help you make the
transition or for general support. If you feel you need to talk openly with
someone, do not hesitate to ask the facility about access to these services.
I recognize that this is a difficult time for both you and your loved one.
Many factors come into play and entire lives can be disrupted. If this is a
short term stay, it may be merely a matter of discussing the patient's care
needs. If this is anticipated to be a long-term placement, you have to
recognize the individuality of the situation.
To the greatest extent possible, potential residents should be involved in
the decision-making process. Cognitive ability, emotional history, current
state of mind, and physical status may impact on their ability to take part
in the selection process. Be honest, be forthright and, most of all, be
What to Bring
I suggest you bring the following:
Clothing that is comfortable and does not require dry-cleaning and preserves
the resident's dignity and right to choice in what he/she wears
Photographs and memorabilia
Personal effects such as makeup and hygiene products
Eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids, and prosthetic devices
I suggest you do not bring (without checking with the facility):
Food and snacks
Check with the facility for its policy on the following:
Telephone, television, and computer access
Storage and security of personal items.