Watching out for the signs of someone’s degeneration in living standards can be heart-breaking situation. If they can’t seem to get up the stairs to bed as they once did this could be resolved by bringing a bed downstairs but what if the only toilet is upstairs?
Are they eating properly? Are they a danger to themselves living on their own? I once heard of a story of an elderly gentleman whose kitchen was on fire. A neighbour spotted it and called the fire brigade but when they arrived at the glass front door the man was too frightened to let them in and was blissfully unaware that his kitchen was smoking.
Once they were inside, the fire brigade also discovered that he was drying wet washing far too close to gas fires around the home creating further fire hazards. In situations like these one wonders how long someone in these situations remains in their own home for too much longer.
Many elderly people are massively resistant to being moved into a care home and one can understand why. Moving means they’ll probably never move back to the home that contains the memories of a lifetime, in some instances.
For many, a care home represents the end of their life – somewhere where they will end their days. But in the main, moving to a Colchester, Southwold or Felixstowe care home means a loss of control and it is this is what most will struggle with.
Agreeing that they need help is the first step to someone moving successfully but as their relative it would be worth pointing out the plus points. They need never have to wash the dishes again, change their own sheets, wash their own clothes, polish the brass in the house and Hoover.
Then there is no need to feel the loneliness and isolation that they once felt when they were living on their own. OK, they might have to be in the company of some people they’d rather not talk to, but generally there is always the option of going back to their room.
Picking a care home for an elderly relative is a huge responsibility. The first step is to find one in the right area – somewhere close to you and other relatives so you can all visit on a regular basis would be useful.
Then telephoning for a brochure or an appointment is the next step. Your relative won’t be able to shop around for their care home, but you will and it’s something you want to get right, after all, it might be YOU one day.
Price is also a factor. If your relative is going to have to pay for it then they may need to sell their own home. If not, you’ll need to start a dialogue with the local authority. While no one would say it’s a simple process, if you take it step by step you’ll get there.
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