December 28, 2019

Transitioning to Skilled Nursing: Centers’ Help


We know that the decision to enter a loved one into a skilled nursing facility like Centers Health Care can be one of the most difficult and emotional ones of your life.

While change is never easy, we would like to ease your mind about the transition that nearly always results in better care for your loved one and long-term peace of mind for the caregiver.

Overcoming the Stigma

Unfortunately, skilled nursing facilities have a negative connotation. Many think of nursing homes as depressing places. However, we go to great lengths to create truly vibrant communities. Residents have access to a variety of activities that look to improve both physical and mental health. The activities also allow residents to create new friendships and feel a greater sense of purpose. Residents eat varied and healthy meals at Centers Health Care, and our nursing professionals ensure that the basic needs your loved one (no matter what level of assistance they require) are met.

Monitor Progress of Your Loved One and Yourself

Experts urge you to consider not only the health of your loved one but you –the caretaker – as well.

There are several signs a caretaker should be aware of where it might be best for all involved to consider the transition to a skilled nursing facility:

  • Have you injured yourself trying to lift or do something for the person you’re taking care of?

  • Are you having to spend for in-home help for the times that you can’t be with your loved one?

  • Are you showing signs of caregiver burnout? Quick loss of temper, high blood pressure, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, and depression can all be signs of it.

  • Have family and friends expressed concern about your health as you try to juggle everything on your plate?

  • Have doctors and other health professionals brought up the idea of nursing home placement?

If you are dealing with many of these points, you’re not alone. Hopefully, you’re in a situation where you can take the time to plan for as smooth of a transition as possible. Knowledge is power.

Do Your Research and Have an Open Mind

Now is the time to research facilities in your area and call to set-up tours. The staff at Centers Health Care is more than happy to schedule a tour and work with you in just about any way that you can imagine to make sure you are comfortable with the information you are processing.

It’s common to feel guilty about not being able to take care of your loved one any longer, but those feelings subside in most once they realize the amount of compassionate care their loved one will have access to in a skilled nursing facility.

Our professionals are experts in making this transition as comfortable as possible for the entire family. Call us at (914) 287-7200 if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a tour.

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