If your loved one has recently entered a skilled nursing facility, this can be a big adjustment. As they grapple with this transition, you may wonder what steps you can take in order to support them during this challenging time. Whether your loved one has been admitted to the facility for short-term recovery from surgery or they require long-term care, your actions can go a long way in providing them the reassurance and comfort they need. Here are a few tips for helping your loved one feel connected and empowered in their new environment.
Keep Communication Frequent
In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, several measures have been to protect the health and safety of long-term care facility residents and staff. It may not be feasible for you to visit your loved one in person right now, but there are several creative ways to communicate with them regularly. Schedule daily FaceTime or Skype calls so that you can see each other’s faces as you talk. Phone calls, text messages, emails, and even short audio or video messages are great ways to send your well wishes and love.
Offer a Sympathetic Ear
In many cases, your loved one is sorting through this transitional period and simply needs to process it out loud. It can mean so much to them just to listen; even if you don’t know how to answer their specific questions, you can offer a sympathetic ear and validate their concerns with compassion. Many people feel much more secure if they feel that someone is listening to their struggles, and you can provide this source of comfort and stability to them during this challenging period in their lives.
Provide Advocacy When Necessary
There are times when a loved one requires specialized professional services, such as mental health counseling or legal guidance. If you notice that your loved one is struggling with a legal issue or needs help with long-term care planning, don’t hesitate to contact a knowledgeable elder law attorney for assistance. Your loved one may specifically request legal assistance, or you may determine that it’s in their best interest to contact an attorney on their behalf. Whatever your concerns may be, working with an experienced attorney can give you and your loved one the peace of mind you deserve.
If you or your loved one needs customized legal guidance regarding an elder law or long-term planning matter in the Spokane Valley area, call Legacy Law Group at (509) 315-8087 today to get started with a dedicated attorney.