A move can be stressful for anyone, but it is particularly difficult when someone moves to a long-term care home. Changes in living arrangements, family relationships and health status are challenging and difficult. However, there are some ways to make this transition easier.
Make the resident’s room truly theirs by adding personal belongings and intimate touches. Here are some examples of items you can bring to make the room more familiar:
- Favourite bedspread or quilt
- Favourite photos – include both old and new photos
- Favourite music and player (iPod, cds, radio, etc)
- Plant or flower arrangement (check Resident Handbook for restrictions)
- Handmade artwork from grandchildren
- Paintings or prints of favourite scenes
- Television to watch their favourite shows or videos
- Magazines or books
- If your family member has hobbies, such as knitting, drawing or playing cards, make sure they have the supplies they need and to let us know. There may be neighbours who share the same interests.