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When is the Right Time for a Nursing Home?

We meet many families who are hesitant about bringing their loved ones to a nursing home. “It’s normal to feel guilty and scared about making this decision,” says Janeen Bush, Maria Regina’s director of therapeutic recreation. “We can help you assess your own family’s situation and ease your guilt.”

Knowing when someone can no longer live independently often isn’t easy, because many people have chronic health conditions that slowly erode their ability to live independently. It’s better to anticipate this before your family is thrown into crisis mode. Here are some key questions to ask:

  • Has your loved one fallen multiple times in recent months?
  • Has your loved one’s ability to perform basic daily activities declined significantly?
  • Is your loved one becoming more socially withdrawn?
  • Is your loved one suffering from incontinence?
  • Have you injured yourself while caring for your loved one?
  • Are you starting to feel like elder care consumes all of your energy?
  • Is your loved one displaying behaviors that pose a danger to herself or others?

If you answered “yes” to more than a few of these questions, it’s time to think about residential placement. And, if you choose Maria Regina, breathe easy. “When a resident comes to us, we learn how their routines were at home and we emulate them by doing a person-centered care plan,” says Bush. “We’ll welcome your loved one with open arms and stay close to their normal routines. Maria Regina is a home away from home, a safe haven that meets the needs of all individuals at every level.”

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