How do the elderly truly feel towards care homes?
The stress and instability of moving house later in life are nearly impossible to imagine for many, particularly those with strong roots at home. When you’re dealing with dementia, new environments and habits can be very disturbing, exacerbating the impacts of the disease.
Moving to a care facility is more complicated than suddenly downsizing a family home into a single room. It comes from the loss of a community we may have been a part of for a long time, of neighbours who have become friends, and of the loyal pets that have comforted us.
The pain can be both physical and mental. Getting used to the unusual routine of life at a care facility can be difficult. Some people lose their independence when following specific sleep, meal, and visitation schedules. It’s because we no longer have many of the primary choices in life, like choosing what we eat and when to go to bed.