Elevating the Post-Acute and
Long Term Care Profession

Key Messages of Video

A Time of Transition emphasizes a number of key messages that are important to portray to all families upon admission. They include:

  • There will be an adjustment period — Learning to live with others who aren’t family or friends can take time, especially for those who were accustomed to living alone. But after an initial settling period, most residents adapt well to their new home.

  • Your loved one will continue to age — Individuals come to nursing homes because their physical and/or mental condition has reached a point where neither they nor their family members can care for them at home. Moving a loved one into a nursing home won’t change the fact that they are aging and it is natural for people to suffer mental and/or physical decline as they age.

  • Some conditions cannot be cured — Most conditions that cause a nursing home admission cannot be cured. While the medical team will work to treat and address those conditions, families should not expect drastic changes. For example, if their loved one had a tendency to fall or wander in their home, that tendency will likely continue when they move into a nursing home.

  • It’s okay to feel guilty — Feeling conflicted or guilty about the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is normal. But it is the family’s responsibility to not let feelings of guilt cause them to place unrealistic expectations on the caregiving team, or allow the guilt to get in the way of making the right care decisions for their loved one.

  • There are many benefits to nursing home life — Although everything in a nursing home is not perfect, families need to remember that their loved ones will receive more stimulation than they did at home, regular balanced meals, social interaction and routine nursing care along with medications. In bringing their loved one to a nursing home, they made the right decision.