01 Apr Mitigating a Sense of Abandonment in Senior Homes
It’s no surprise that when individuals make the move from their own home to a senior home, they experience a whirlwind of emotions, including stress, anxiety, and abandonment. We believe there are a few key ways that you can help mitigate this feeling of abandonment for your loved one.
Why Do Seniors Feel Abandoned?
Before we can truly explain how to mitigate a sense of abandonment in senior homes, we first need to understand why they feel the way they do. In one study, statistics confirmed what we all believe to be true: 89% of seniors want to age in place. However, what is truly startling is that seniors feared loss of independence and moving into a nursing home more than they fear death. As such, when the time comes to move into a senior living facility, it can be a very difficult decision for all parties involved. The unfortunate reality today is that even when it’s the best decision to provide safety and care for the older individual, they can come to resent their families if they are not onboard with the move.
How Can I Mitigate a Feeling of Abandonment for My Loved One?
Consult Them: First and foremost, before any decisions are made, it’s important to consult your loved one on their desires, preferences, and needs. Involve them in the decision-making process so that they can help you make the best choice for their situation.
Schedule Frequent Visits and Phone Calls: The best way to stave off a sense of abandonment is to take specific measures that would prevent it from happening. Make sure to visit or call your loved one frequently, especially at first. Remember that you’re not alone in this. Mobilize your other family members to keep them company to ensure you don’t experience caregiver burnout.
Participate in Activities: Taking part in activities might seem daunting for your family member at first, but if you participate with them, they will become more comfortable and make new friends, as well. We are proud to offer plenty of entertainment, activities, spiritual growth, and fun for all of our residents so they can age in a healthy and graceful way.
Be Patient: Your parent or loved one is going through a major change in their life. Be patient and supportive as they adapt to this new life.
At CareAgape Senior Homes, we work tirelessly to ensure your loved one enjoys all the comforts of home in a safe and caring environment. For more information on our homes or services, visit our website or give us a call at (714) 646-6750 today!