The best way to approach a non-home alternative for seniors who have been admitted to the hospital is a highly stressful moment. It’s loaded with fear and worry.

According to studies, the main danger for seniors and their families comes 30 days after release when the senior says they don’t want to go to a nursing home, meaning a skilled or acute rehabilitation.

Rather than arguing with an older adult who thinks they don’t need help, consider saying, “Tell me more,” or “What are you worried about?”

Validate and answer to their worries honestly without making them feel more afraid. No one wants to be lectured; everyone wants to be listened to. Remind them that this is just a temporary stay. Assist them in realizing that if they are sincerely devoted to physical, occupational, and speech treatment, they will be able to return home in a reasonable amount of time.

Rehabilitation is an important element of the healing process for individuals of all ages. Remind them that their situation is more difficult than they realize, and that they need additional care and assistance until their medical condition improves. Seniors with memory issues or dementia may be unable to accept the care they need due to a loss of executive functioning. If you’re dealing with the complexities of dementia, I suggest enlisting the support of an aging life care specialist to guide you through some of the most difficult circumstances.

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