If your loved one has recently moved to a nursing home, this transition might be difficult for your family. To try to ease into this change, and make it easier for you and your loved one, you might consider setting up regular visitations at the nursing home. It is important to remember that each nursing home has a unique visiting policy that might restrict your visitation options. To determine the best way to approach visiting your loved one in a nursing home, consider these tips.
Allow Your Loved One to Adjust
Before you set up a schedule for visiting your loved one, give them a little bit of time to adjust to their new lifestyle. You don’t want your loved one to rely on your visitations to make them happy – instead, encourage your loved one to make friends, become involved in nursing home activities, and focus on creating their own happiness. Instead of jumping into visitations, consider checking in with your loved one by phone once a week until they get settled in. This allows you to maintain your relationship, and will allow your loved one the opportunity to discuss anything negative that they experience in the home, without having your loved one rely on your visits.
Establish a Routine
It can help you and your loved one if you set up a visitation schedule. This way, your loved one will know exactly when you are coming and make this visitation part of their weekly or monthly routine. This consistency will help with the adjustment process for you and your loved one.
All nursing homes will have restrictions on when family members and friends of residents can visit. Some nursing homes prohibit visits at night, on holidays, or even on the weekend. This can make it difficult to visit, as you are probably working during the weekdays. Talk to the nursing home staff about coordinating a visit that will work for you and the home. If a home will not work with you to find a suitable visiting time, you might want to consider putting your loved one in a different nursing home.
Visiting Policy on Special Days
For special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, you will probably want to spend time with your loved one. Talk to the nursing home about setting up a visit on these days. Some nursing homes even allow those visiting a resident for a special occasion to decorate and rent out a room in the nursing home for a family party.
These are just a few tips to make a regular visit to your loved one’s nursing home as simple as possible. Coordinating regular visits will lift your loved one’s spirits as well as your own. During these visits, you can also get a firsthand sense of what happens in the nursing home and how staff treats your loved one. If you notice any problems in the home, consider contacting a nursing home neglect and abuse attorney.