Late life relocation can be a difficult and trying time for older adults and their families. Many factors are considered when contemplating moving a loved one from "home" where familiar paths and memories provide comfort and security.
Usually a crisis or other event forces a family to consider relocating the older person. Some examples of this are:
Decline in health
Loss of a spouse
Decrease in visual acuity
Poor nutrition and weight loss
Environment no longer safe
Loss of social support
Declining physical safety
- Lack of financial resources
PNP Relocation Support Program
RN completes a complete assessment of client's needs, safety, living environment
RN Care Manager helps the client and family to determine appropriate level of care and living environment congruent with needs of their loved one
We will assist family and client consider all appropriate options and availability of alternative solutions
RN coordinates services and identifies resources for transition and move
Beofre, During, and after the move
Your Professional Nurse Care Manager is with you every step of the way. We will provide relocation management, support, and advocacy before and after the move and assist the family and older person through any difficulty or crisis that occurs before the relocation.
We will arrange for premove visits to the new living environment so they have the opportunity to meet the staff and fellow residents. Your Nurse Care Manager will accompany your loved one to familiarize him or her with their new surroundings.
Once our client is moved into his or her new home, we will help them to adjust, monitor the transition for the family and caregivers, and support both the family and client acclimate to the new setting.
How can you support your loved one?
Develop a clear understanding of specific needs and desires of your loved one
Provide opportunities for discussion
Ensure that perceived expectations of the move match the reality of the outcome
Allow them to select which personal items and furniture he or she would like to take with him/her to the new living environment
When appropriate, encourage your loved one to participate in the selection of their new living environment
Encourage them to choose their clothing for the day of the move
If your loved one has a trusted pet companion, find a living environment that accepts pets
If your loved one is unable to visit the new environment before the move, share pictures of the facility, their new room and the staff who will be caring for them
Pack a special bag for the day of the move that contains a change of clothes, medications, toiletries and special items or personal belongings he/she might need in the event of a delay
Contact Professional nurse partners
Family is an integral part of the successful outcome of the relocation for the older family member. Professional Nurse Partners understands that many family members provide long distance caregiving, have children and multiple responsibilities and are in need of support during these difficult times.