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When Should I Move a Parent to Nursing Home Care?

May Wk 2 blog

Is it time to transition a loved one to a nursing home or skilled nursing residence like the Dammert Care Center at The Esquiline?

Being honest about the needs of our parents or loved ones can be difficult. Yet, when an older adult begins to face physical or mental challenges that require advanced or specialized care, a decision must be made about how that care will be administered.

As you begin to evaluate your parent’s or parents’ needs and your own emotional and financial resources, here is a guide that can help you determine when to begin the transition to skilled nursing care.

Signs That It’s Time to Move a Parent to a Nursing Home

Skilled nursing care may be right for your loved one if they require an expert, licensed professional to provide and manage daily care. If an individual cannot care for their personal needs for a long period of time, and that lack of care means they may be a danger to themselves, most skilled nursing care communities would recommend that the person be admitted for this level of assistance.

Some examples of this type of care could include:

  • Regular physical, occupational, and speech therapy needs
  • Dressing changes, catheter care, or monitoring of medical equipment
  • Assistance with feeding, toileting, or ambulating

If you are the primary caregiver for your parent or loved one, or if you fear for their safety if they are left to live on their own, you must ask yourself about the physical, emotional, and financial cost of continuing down this path. Knowing your parent is safe and cared for in a long-term, skilled care center can relieve a huge emotional weight - on both you and your loved ones.

When you’ve determined a nursing home is what your parent needs most, it’s not uncommon to feel an emotional mix of relief, sadness, reassurance, anxiety, and guilt. Remember that your job is to ensure your loved one is getting the right level of care for their optimal well-being and happiness.

How Much Does a Nursing Home Cost?

Every skilled nursing community will be different, but The Esquiline offers more benefits than many others, due to our individualized approach to care and our community environment. Our daily rate for a semi-private room is $247 on a private-pay basis.

Some of the benefits of our skilled nursing care center include:

  • Expert licensed nurses who provide exceptional care, with a focus on cultivating meaningful and engaging relationships with residents
  • Restorative therapy provided by full-time licensed physical therapy assistants
  • Specialized on-site healthcare providers, such as for hearing care, dentistry, and podiatry
  • A full-time Life Enrichment Team, which conducts interactive group sessions and one-on-one activities including certified music and memory therapies

Our counselors are available to discuss your loved one’s level of care, go over your financial questions, and help you determine the right residence option and care plan. You can learn a little more about the nursing home admissions process here.

What if my Parent Doesn’t Want to Go to a Nursing Home?

Unfortunately, many people still have negative associations with the term “nursing home” or skilled nursing care center. However, these types of care centers have undergone a huge transformation over the years and are very different from the place your loved one likely has in mind. 

For instance, at the Dammert Care Center, our residents receive individualized care according to their needs. Our team members work closely with residents, their families, and Life Enrichment to provide resident-driven programming that supports their physical and mental well-being and sense of purpose. As part of this ongoing effort, we offer updated tools and continuing education for each team member. We also provide delicious meals and dietary consulting - all nestled on over 200 acres of pristine natural beauty.

Keep in mind that not all communities are alike, and you should be shrewd in your search. Read online reviews and reach out to friends and family for recommendations.

Invite your loved one to virtually explore some of their options online. Seeing actual photos of where and how they would live may alleviate their fears. While many care communities may have limited options for in-person tours right now, once those become available again, bring your loved one with you to explore the community and meet the people who will care for them.

If your parent is still resistant, sometimes reaching out to a “neutral” third party like a doctor or close friend and having them sit down with your loved one and discuss their options may be helpful.

Explore Nursing Home Options

To learn more, visit our skilled nursing care resource page.