Moving an elderly loved one is never an easy feat for most of us Filipinos. It takes a lot of bravery to do that – this is not how we were raised and it has never been part of our culture. Therefore, it takes a lot of guts and planning to make this happen, ensuring that they receive the support and care we require. With the right nursing care homes, our elderly moms and dads can live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Assessing the need for a nursing home

When it comes to nursing homes, the Philippines still has a lot of catching up to do compared to our neighbor countries. But this doesn’t mean that we forgo the need to assess them carefully. What we are looking for is a nursing home that provides physical and cognitive health programs, support from family and caregivers, as well as managing the daily activities like bathing, dressing and meal preparations. Knowing all of these can be daunting,  talking to a healthcare provider can be helpful.

Making the decision to move

Once the decision has been made, it’s time to move our elderly loved ones to the nursing home. But before that happens, it’s important to remember that involving the parent in the decision-making process can make the move a lot less difficult. Consider the location of the facility, the quality of care and services offered, as well as the activities and amenities that align with your parent’s interests and preferences.

Finding the right nursing home

Finding the right nursing home can be a challenging task due to the limited number in the Philippines. Research and evaluation will play a significant role in making an informed decision. While some nursing homes may not allow ocular inspections, you can still talk to the staff and ask about any issues or concerns. Be specific about the types of care and services you are looking for.

The emotional impact of moving

Moving away from our loved ones will definitely have an impact on everyone, especially elderly parents. As the decision maker, it’s common to feel guilt, sadness, and a sense of loss during this life-changing decision. It’s important to acknowledge that these emotions are normal in order to find better ways to cope. Talking to a friend or family member or seeking counseling will prove invaluable.

Adjusting to a new life

Life changing situations will always be difficult at first, but with the right ways of coping up, this transition will be a lot faster and smoother. One of the most important thing to remember is to continue engaging with your parents with the activities they enjoy. By doing so, both of you will feel connected and continue living a fulfilling and meaningful lives. It may take some time to get used to but with a positive attitude, they will be able to thrive in their new surroundings.

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