Put your newborn or toddler to sleep at night by letting them cuddle up in their infant or toddlersize mattress or crib? Or keeping them awake for as long as possible by playing with toys, singing lullabies, and/or use ofZEAL Wake Up and Move® System™ products?
If so, you are doing a good job. Your baby or toddler is sleeping well!
But what if your baby or toddler doesn’t want to sleep as well as you would like? What if they don’t seem comfortable sleeping in their own bed and/or in the parents’ bed when they aren’t asleep; what if they wake frequently during the night; and/or what if they are having trouble awakening in the morning without requiring anything else to start off day?
Then it is time to think about putting them in a nursing home. A nursing home is a place for healthy adults who can no longer care for themselves to go to live away from family members and other people who love them until they die.
What are the reasons for putting your parent in a nursing home?
Parents have a legal right to make arrangements to be cared for by a family member or someone they know, called an appointed caregiver.
If your parent doesn’t have a family member or person they know who can provide care in an approved nursing home, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has authorized assisted living facilities to form partnerships with other agencies, such as social services and the courts, to place your parent in an appropriate facility.
However, this procedure is not for residents only; it requires both residents and staff members of the facility to attend a consultation with DHS before being accepted into an approved nursing home.
Only inhabitants who are capable of performing basic activities are placed in a controlled environment called independent living skills preservation (SXP). The remaining residents must be housed together in order for them to be aware of each other and how they receive help.
What are the consequences of putting your parent in a nursing home?
It may be a long-term solution, but it is not the best one. If you think your parent needs help, let them get it. It is in a nursing home that your parent can receive help and rehabilitation. With time, they will get better and better.
By placing your parent in a nursing home, you are putting them at risk of various sorts of injury and infection. You may be wondering what if the mom or dad doesn’t need any help in their room and/or how much they need to travel to be in a rest home with fewer people.
Who makes the decision to put their parent in a nursing home?
When a family member, friend, or someone in the community contacts the authorities to ask for help putting a parent in a nursing home, the authorities must consider the family member, friend, or person who requests the help.
Many times it is the parent who wants out of their own care and treatment. If this is the case, then the parent must be considered competent to make this decision themselves.
If you believe your parent is capable of making this decision themselves, write a letter and send it to the appropriate authorities. If you believe your parent is not capable of making this decision alone, then you should consider placing them in a nursing home against their will.
Is there another alternative?
Is there another alternative to placing a parent in a nursing home against their will? The answer is yes, and it is called placing the parent in a child-friendly home.
Many children do not get to stay with their parents forever, so creating a child-friendly home where children can be supervised by nonfamily members or professionals is an effective way to manage grief and maintain hope.
The home can also provide other services for the person, such as social functioning assistance, medication help, or even dental care. Many people find that moving into a care facility and getting these services in advance helps them feel more prepared for what next steps they need to take.
The hope is that this kind of home can provide some respite for the person, as well as help others cope with their loss. The problem is that people are forced into these homes against their will, so questions about quality of care must be addressed.
What should you consider when choosing a nursing home for your parent?
When looking into nursing homes for your parent, there are some important things that you should consider. Most of these things apply to your parent as well.
To help you navigate the system, you can apply to a handful of different homes. These include large hospitals, smaller hospitals with excellent reputation, recently built facilities, and ones with good reputations but lower quality of care.
It is important to find a home that has quality care because your parent may need this. While at the hospital, your parent should be monitored by several people. These include clinical professionals, family members, and friends.
Once they arrive at the home, there must be regular checks and visits from these individuals to keep tabs on my parent’s health. In general, homes with good care have more checkups per year than less healthy ones.
What are the factors that affect decision making regarding placement in a nursing home?
If your loved one has memory or learning problems, this can affect the decision making process. A nursing home may recommend a person with a normal memory but poor learning skills. Since this person may not be comfortable in their own environment, it would be more difficult to determine if they are receiving the care they need.
If your loved one has certain health conditions that require special care, you may need to find a nursing home that specializes in such care. Many nursing homes charge an arm and a leg for this specialized care, which is not what most people want to pay.
If your family wants to place my beloved in a less expensive facility, then that needs to be done on their own without help from the family, because these facilities don’t communicate well with relatives. They depend too much on them for help, which is not healthy.
How can I communicate with my parent about their placement in a nursing home?
There are many ways to communicate with your parent about their placement in a nursing home. For example, you can meet with your parent to discuss their needs. You can visit them at the facility to see them engaged in everyday activities.
It is also important for the parent to meet with the family members and/or friends of the loved one to discuss plans for his or her care.
Finally, it is important for the facility to communicate with the family and community about plans for care. These may include re-showing up on visits, special events, and Christmas Eve events. Providing enough time for all parties to properly communicate and take care of needs is key.
When arranging time with your parent or family members, make sure you are being respectful of each person’s schedule.
Should I put my parent in a family member’s or friend’s care?
Should I put my parent in a nursing home against their will or should I let them stay at home? These are both difficult decisions to make.
Nursing homes are not pleasant places to visit. The patients are usually sick and tired, and the staff is always hustling to help them.
Some people cannot cope with the combination of too much nature and no family or friends nearby, making them unresponsive and out of tune. Other people Inside-the-Maze find it comforting to have familiar faces at the facility because it is a little comfort to have someone else there to help you get better.
However, staying at home can be scary. You might feel like your parent is already in a weakened state and this affects their health. It is easier to go into the hospital and put them in a care facility than they would be to take them home.