Thinking about residential care for a loved one

Thinking about residential care for a loved one


You know sometimes it’s very difficult –
people don’t want to let go, they want to really try and and
manage at home for as long as possible. I try and convince people as much as I
can, to think about the future and what might happen, because I think
it’s really important to go and have a look at several different homes and get
a feel for them. Looking at staff interactions, the activities that are
going on. It’s not always about what the place looks like, it’s about how people are being cared for and I don’t think you get a feel for that by
just going in for a day, you have to keep going back. And take your loved one as well, see how they feel about it,
and getting used to different environments. But that is something that
you’ve got to plan, and sometimes people don’t have that luxury, you know, it comes
when a crisis has happened. So if you can think about that, take a bit of a step
back, and think about what might happen in the future, it’s worth doing a bit of
research and having a look what’s good for you. Because I work full time, and in the end I was having to go and visit dad five times a day, and so every coffee
break I had at work, I went to the home. And then dad started going out of the house
and getting lost on a few occasions, and so then we decided he needed more, he
needed more care, and more one-to-one care really.

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