Preparing your loved one for the move
Ahead of the move, there are ways you can prepare your loved one so they know more about what to expect.
Consider adult day care
To introduce your loved one to the nursing home, consider utilising adult day care services. This allows your loved one to meet nursing home staff and get to know the residents, which helps them feel comfortable and familiarise themselves with the home.
Think about potential problems
You are in the best position to spot potential problems, so try to come up with solutions before issues arise. Preventing upset and conflict will make the move go more smoothly.
Communicate with your loved one
Openness and honesty are key, so make sure you talk to your loved one about what is happening. Avoid keeping secrets or treating the move as a surprise, which can lead to confusion and frustration.
Ask nursing home staff for help
Nursing home staff are always available, so ask them questions or for help if you are not sure. Staff are trained and experienced, so do not be afraid to lean on them for assistance.
Moving day – what you need to know
Before moving day, ensure you have everything prepared so the day itself is as stress-free as possible. This includes helping them pack their clothes and personal possessions a couple of days in advance to minimise last-minute jitters.
Let the nursing home team know what time you intend to arrive, and ask a member of staff they have previously met to greet them. Anything you can do to keep things friendly, calm and familiar is important.
While your loved one speaks to staff and introduces themselves to other residents, take the time to get their room ready. This includes packing their clothes away and arranging their furniture and belongings so it looks welcoming and homely. We also recommend that you leave while your loved one is busy, such as eating or talking, which can prevent unnecessary stress.
Speak to the nursing home team for any other advice on how moving day can be as painless as possible.