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How To Support Disabled or Elderly Loved Ones As They Move Into A Care Facility

The decision to move to a dedicated care facility can feel daunting. It’s one of the major life-changing moves you’ll be likely to have over the course of your life, and while you and your loved ones are still on the other side of it all, it can naturally be difficult to know what to expect from the transition.

For most individuals looking to move to a care facility, however, it’s likely that their new dwellings will be able to better accommodate their needs over other forms of care. Elderly or loved ones with a disability requiring specialist care are increasingly likely to experience a higher quality of life when enlisting the services of an NDIS service provider.

It’s natural, however, to feel uncertain about how to navigate the process of the move itself, especially if you and your family haven’t taken these steps with other loved ones in the past. Here are some things that you and your loved ones will get to look forward to when collectively preparing for your big move to a care facility.

Offer support with finalising their pre-move checklists

As is the case with any move, there are usually a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up, with organising and paying remaining utility bills and other personal accounts being just the tip of the iceberg. It’s common for elderly and people with a disability moving into care homes to find themselves with an abundance of calls that they’ll need to make alongside the more physically demanding task of packing up and sorting through all their belongings.

You can offer to take some of these calls off their hands to cut the task of seeing to their pre-move communication checklist clean in half. Even if your family member or loved one may still need to be present to confirm their identity, these calls can feel a lot less arduous with some good company to fill the gaps between hearing nothing but hold music on the other line.

Sorting out final bills and communications may also involve writing out emails and printing or scanning, which may result in producing a fairly messy desk at a time where you and your loved one will likely be thinking of tidying up. Being present to oversee all of these administrative tasks and tackle the messes culminating from these tasks together, will absolutely help take a lot of the pressure and preliminary stress off their first few days of moving prep.

Packing up and cleaning out their current residence

If your elderly or loved one with a disability  has limited mobility, chances are they’ll need a bit of extra support with actually packing their home and belongings in time to meet their moving deadlines. Preparing for your moving day can be difficult for families of all sizes, but packing a home up for an individual who’ll be moving into a care facility can be accompanied by some more unique challenges you may not find in your average move. 

For instance, moving into a care facility generally means downsizing, so the majority of the furniture, homewares, and other decor items that you’re packing up will most likely need to be sold off or given away. If your elderly or loved one with a disability was living alone prior to their move, then it may be worth organising a big garage sale to try and sell off as many items as you can and effectively minimise the amount of clutter you’ll need to combat in the lead-up to their move. 

You’ll be able to make a few extra dollars that can then be put towards ensuring the rest of your move goes smoothly, or even just to treating you and your loved one with a nice lunch or two as you continue on with this transition into a care facility.

Organising the logistics of moving day

Once you’ve been able to sort through all of your loved one’s belongings and have put together all the boxes for your move, it’s finally time to start thinking about your game plan for the move itself. Will you need a moving truck? Or will a car or van suffice? More importantly, will your loved one need a specific vehicle or any mobility aids on the day? These are all questions that are well worth addressing a week or so before your intended moving day to minimise any risks of putting excess stress or strain on your loved one.

Your care facility may be able to offer some support in the form of mobility aids or even transportation as well, so it’s well worth making some enquiries either with any of your support workers or a representative from the care provider.

Staying involved post-move

Once your moving day has come and gone, the next thing you’ll need to do is help your loved one get settled into their new surroundings and make a consistent effort to spend quality time with them. Despite all the physical and mental exertion required over the bulk of this transition, this step may just be the trickiest of them all, simply because it can be difficult offering your support as a complete third party to their life in their new dwelling. 

Thankfully, many modern care providers do consider the families and wider support network of those receiving care, and often organise visitor’s day events to cultivate a stronger sense of community within the walls of their care facilities. Take full advantage of these community events to stay as involved and present as you can in the life of your elderly or loved one with a disability after their big move. And if these visitor days are too far and few inbetween, then set aside some time on the weekends to have a cup of tea with them or even take your loved one out for an outing yourself if possible.

Even if you feel like you can only stay involved and present in their life to a certain extent, make sure that you do so regardless! Your loved one will undoubtedly appreciate your company as well as the opportunity to share all the details of their new life with you.

 

As you can see, moving into a care facility does not have to be a daunting task at all. In fact, with the right approach, it can be a superb opportunity to spend time with your loved one, connect with them, and position yourself as a beloved presence in their new life. Offering your support in this time of their life will undoubtedly strengthen your relationship and allow you to connect with this loved one in a meaningful way. This opportunity will be just as heartwarming and enriching for you as it is for your elderly or loved one with a disability.

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