Moving into a care home marks a significant life transition, often accompanied by mixed emotions and uncertainty. Whether it’s for assisted living, memory care, or nursing, adjusting to a new environment, faces, and routines can be challenging. However, with thoughtful planning and a proactive approach, this transition can be made smoother.
Here are some essential tips to help you settle into your new home:
Get Help Right from the Start
Involve friends and family in this big decision can help make your choices easier and less overwhelming. Our team of Senior Move Managers are on hand to help those who are on their own, or whose family members are too far away, to help reassure and plan your move, reducing your worries and stress.
Our experience team can even help find the right Care Home for you, or your loved one, through our Home Search services.
Bring in Home Comforts
One of the keys to feeling at home in a care facility is surrounding yourself with familiar belongings. Bring cherished items like family photos, favourite music, and even your own cushions to create a sense of familiarity. If allowed, consider bringing key pieces of furniture that hold sentimental value. Personal touches can significantly contribute to a comfortable and reassuring atmosphere.
Finding Your Way Around
It’s natural to feel disoriented in a new environment. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance until you feel confident moving around independently. Staff members are there to help, and familiarising yourself with the layout will enhance your overall sense of security.
Open Communication with Staff
Building a rapport with the staff is crucial for a positive experience in a care home. Communicate your preferences regarding daily activities, meals, and any specific needs you may have. If you prefer more privacy during certain times or have unique requirements, don’t hesitate to express them. Staff members are usually accommodating and will strive to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Keep Relatives Involved
Maintaining connections with family is vital during this transition. Encourage your relatives to participate in relatives and residents meetings offered by the care home. These gatherings provide a platform to discuss any concerns, share updates, and address issues affecting residents. Many facilities also have newsletters to keep families informed about community events and news.
In today’s digital age, staying connected is easier than ever. Explore options for installing a phone line in your room or having a mobile phone or smart screen to easily make video calls to friends and family. Regular communication not only helps combat feelings of isolation but also provides a valuable lifeline to the outside world.
Moving into a care home is a significant life transition, but it doesn’t have to be an isolating or overwhelming experience. These tips are just a few ways that will help you settle into your new community and foster a sense of belonging, whilst benefiting from the specialist care services you need.