The time comes in some instances where a grandparent needs to be put into a nursing home. This is never the ideal case and not often the desired one for anybody, but sometimes, it is the only option. However, there have been and always will be nursing home residents that feel just as at home in a nursing home and have little to no complaints at all. The key is how they are encouraged by their family and below, you will find three ways to encourage your grandparents in a nursing home.
1) Visit them on all the major holidays and of course their birthday! You encourage your grandparents in a nursing home by spending time with them, especially on those big days when they really want their family. This should not be the only time of year that they are visited, but these are the days their minds go back to having family around and they want that on these days. Christmas, New Years, Easter Thanksgiving, July the Fourth, and their birthday are just a few of the major days. Spending time with your grandparent on these days will mean the world to them and really give them a shot of encouragement, which is better than half the shots they are given anyway. If they know you are coming, they have something to really look forward to and this is really motivational.
2) Fill the room with family pictures and items from home! When someone comes into the room, the grandparent will quick to point out who is who in the different pictures placed all around the room. Bringing up the family and talking about them can be encouraging and just waking up and feeling like they are at home is what it is all about for a grandparent. Make them feel like they haven’t ever left home by filling their room with pictures of family and items from home.
3) Make their favorite dish or go buy it from their favorite restaurant! Obviously, you will want to check with the doctors before you buy them a bucket of shrimp and they have high cholesterol. Nursing home food, although good, can get old after a while and a favorite meal, home cooked by their daughter, or a favorite dish from a local restaurant is a great way to encourage your grandparents in a nursing home.
Everybody needs encouragement and especially those outside of their environment in a nursing home. They are people with emotions and like to be surrounded with love and encouragement.