When a senior is feeling unhappy in his or her care facility, loved ones want to do whatever is in their power to fix things. However, sometimes the situation will be beyond fixing, and instead a switch to somewhere completely new will be the only option suitable for the senior person’s well being. In such a case, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. First and foremost, transitions must be handled delicately. It is also important to remember that a senior’s unhappiness will not always be explicit, but may have to be discovered by reading between the lines. In some cases, the issue lies not with the facility but instead with the individual. Choosing to change facilities is a big decision that must not be made lightly.
- According to Patricia Maisano of IKOR International, there are definitive signs when the elderly become dissatisfied with where they reside.
- When seniors move into a new community, it is a big change and it’s normal to have a transition period while they get used to it.
- One sign of an elderly loved one being unhappy in their residential community is that they will take meals in their room and not get involved in group activities.
“If your parents are miserable in their senior community, you’ll do anything you can to make them feel better. But have you considered the possibility that the facility itself isn’t a good fit?”