Recognising the Signs: When is it Time for a Nursing Home?

Realising a loved one might need more help than you can give at home is tough.

Whilst change is daunting, making the decision for your loved on to move into a nursing home often brings both the person in care and their family peace of mind. But, how do you know when is it time for a nursing home?

Signs to Look Out For

Spotting the signs which suggest it is time to consider a nursing home is crucial for the safety, health, and well-being of your loved one, their carers and their family. Here are some key indicators to watch for:

  • The number of falls or near-falls they are experiencing is increasing.
  • They have conditions requiring constant medical monitoring and care.
  • Memory issues or confusion, such as getting lost in familiar places.
  • The physical or emotional burden on caregivers is becoming overwhelming.
  • Lack of social interaction is beginning to lead to loneliness and isolation.
  • Having difficulty with basic self-care tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating.
  • Difficulty managing complex medication schedules.
  • Challenges with eating properly, leading to weight loss.

The signs vary between every individual situation, but it is important to remember to prioritise the health and happiness of everyone involved. Some may prefer to be at home as long as possible, whilst others may find more comfort by moving into a nursing home sooner. Ultimately, the decision must feel right for your family, and not influenced by outside opinions.

Finding the Right Type of Care

If you have decided it is time for your loved one to move into full-time care, the next step is deciding which type of care is most appropriate for them. There are different types of full-time care available within most nursing homes, these include:

  • Residential Care: For socialisation and safety, with minimal medical assistance.
  • Nursing Care: Round-the-clock medical support for those with complex health needs.
  • Dementia Care: Specialised support for individuals with dementia.
  • Respite Care: Temporary care option offering relief for caregivers.
  • Palliative Care: Aimed at improving the quality of life for those with serious illnesses.

You may not be sure which type of care is best for your loved one, and that is okay! For more information on the different types of care, please click here.

Taking the Next Step

Contacting nursing homes which feel like the best fit for your loved one means they will be able to provide you with advice and guidance for your individual situation. We would recommend visiting potential facilities before making your decision too, so that everyone involved can see first-hand the environment and understand the care provided.

If you would like expert guidance on the best care options for your loved ones, or you are interested in visiting Glenburnie Lodge, please get in touch here.