Getting Into The Care Home: The Preparation
Moving into the care home can be a giant leap for anybody. Thorough preparation is a must, and we are not talking about finances only. Your loved one should be prepared in all aspects as he or she makes the move. Below are some things to be reminded of as you prepare getting into the care home.
Talk to your loved one
Open up about the possibility of admitting your loved one into a care home. Discuss the pros and cons of making this step. It would be a great help not just for the person with LD, but for the whole family too. Emphasize the benefits it would bring, as well as the changes it could entail, with daily life and future plans
Seek an expert’s advice
It is still best to hear out an advice from an expert. A doctor or psychiatrist can give diagnosis and from there, you may also ask for guidance in terms of coping with the learning disability. It does not begin or end with the decision alone. The decision should be anchored with knowledge, advice, and the go signal from the doctor for the patient’s betterment.
Do your research
Read up and be informed. Beyond learning about the disability, read and research how to go best about it, what other families do to cope, what are the best measures in terms of getting care. Which care home would suit the patient’s needs? How should the arrangement be? When should I get help for care, and when should I handle it at home? How did others manage to live with the condition? The questions can go on and on, so better read and know what others did and what can be done for your personal situation too. You don’t need to overthink about everything, you just need to be informed. With this, you can make sound decisions.
It’s not going be like, you talk about it today and move the patient tomorrow. You can start slowly by introducing the care home. After the introduction, you can also start with informing what routines can be done, who would assist the patient at the care home, what does it feel like to be there, etc. Orient and familiarize the patient with the environment of the care home. You don’t have to force this step. If the patient seems hesitant, you can slowly open up by just assuring and showing him around. Just start.
Take care of yourself because you cannot give what you do not have. You cannot provide care if you lack of it for yourself. Take care of others as much as you would take care of yourself too. More importantly, it is not wrong to seek help or assistance in terms of dealing with LDs. Think of it as a better way to take care of the patient.
Although we are not prepared to have our loved one diagnosed with a learning disability, this does not hinder us from preparing ourselves together with the patient for the next steps we have to take. Yes, a learning disability cannot be outgrown, but it also cannot hinder the patient into becoming a better individual.