Transitioning a senior to any residential care communities in Alberta can be a difficult and trying time. When it is time to place your loved one into a care facility, there will be the challenge of adjusting to new routines and new surroundings. Here are some tips to help senior with dementia to adjust.
Know What to Expect
No matter how much preparation and how many previsits you have done, there will be a certain amount of resistance and agitation from your loved one. It can take a couple weeks to adjust. Do not blame yourself for this, as there is not much you can do, and you are making the right decision in giving your loved one the care.
Talk to Your Doctor
You may consider talking to your doctor about medication to help with the transition. There are light prescriptions available to help calm and relax before the move takes place.
Keep Visits Brief
During this transition time, you should visit but only for a brief 10-15 minute time span. This is an opportunity for you to know that they are doing fine, but not a social call. A long visit can lead to further agitation and confusion, and it is best to avoid this.
Although it can be extremely difficult, you need to be stern. When visiting your loved one, they may ask to come with you, or return to their home. You do not want to argue or try and reason with them, instead telling them that you have to leave now and leaving. This can be heartbreaking and extremely difficult, but it is necessary.
Trust the Staff
During this transition, it is very important to trust the staff and trust that what they are doing is right and will help in the long run. When choosing a care facility, you probably selected The Hamlets because of the quality of the staff and programs it provides, so trust the process and know that in the long run, you have made the right decisions.