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Assisting Your Senior Citizen Adjust to a Senior Facility

Daniel Hannan

Assisting Your Senior Citizen Adjust to a Senior Facility
After coming to grips with the difficult tasks of caregiving to your elderly one at home, you may find it necessary to put him/her into a residential care center. As soon as you have selected the appropriate facility for your senior, be it an assisted living facility or nursing home, all of you will have to deal with the difficulties of adapting to new routines.
Some facilities have a "30 Day Rule" which enables them to choose whether your senior "fits in" with their facility. The 30 Day Rule seems more than fair to many people. If a patient is going to reveal signs of adjustment the facility will be able to make the proper decision. This secures them from needing to keep people they definitely cannot manage in their environment and who might injure other residents.
The vast majority of people with dementia have problem with adapting to a new home environment. For a minimum of two weeks the person cannot find things, is besieged with new people and routines and has feelings of disappointment and/or anger. There are some methods to assist your loved one adjust:
1. Expect agitation for 2-3 weeks. You might ask your elder's doctor for a light prescription for Ripserdal, Haldol, or Seroquel and utilize it for a couple of weeks (in a VERY light dose) BEFORE the placement. The patient may be confused, however not upset and agitated.
2. Do not always prevent visiting for two weeks, even though the centers suggest this. Follow a formula something like the following:
A. Anticipate the person to be agitated and angry, however stop beating yourself about it. You did exactly what needed to be done. Your loved one has to grieve. To expect happiness is unrealistic.
B. Plan a BRIEF visit. 10-15 minutes will be enough for you to know your loved one is well-cared for and to provide them peace of mind. A 3-hour visit is going to trigger agitation. If the loved one needs to be taken home, DON'T try to explain. Take a look at your watch and say, "I need to go now." It will break your heart, however will minimize the behavior after a few times. Numerous patients begin the "take me home" things after a 30 minute visit when they get tired. Take it as an indication that it is time to go.
C. Take something to do. Do their nails, have a snack, pay attention to a new piece of music or share an activity. Once you are done, it is time to go. Have the staff divert your loved one to an activity such as a meal.
D. Call prior to you come so you understand what kind of day your loved one is having. If you know they are agitated and having a bad day and if you cannot face it without becoming upset, do not go when they are agitated ... or go later on.
E. Talk with the staff of Little Rock Assisted Living. Smile. Discover the personnel doing something right and enhance at least one on each visit. There is absolutely nothing worse than the family who comes in with their microscope trying to find flaws. They will become apparent soon enough-- we are talking working with demented adults here.
F. Know that the facility and staff have no magic for dealing with behavior problems. If it was challenging to handle at home, it will be worse in the care facility-- specifically with 7+ other people who are also demented.
G. Before you leave, talk with an administrative employee to see how things are going and what you (as a team) can do to enhance care throughout the change.
H. I can not stress this too much: choose an activity-based program! And, if your loved one is not a socializer, ensure the staff knows to let him have some time to himself daily and present him slowly to the group. Those who want or need to read this information to understand this topic, have a peek over here.
I. Last, do not let the adjustment period dissuade you from the placement. It most likely will work out.
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