Admitting that the health and abilities of your loved one is deteriorating can be hard to do. However, when a person is suffering from ill health more frequently or they are having falls often, it may be time to explore the best interests of your loved one.

Family members often believe that they can care for their loved one from home. While this can be a viable option for a certain period of time, if the health of the elderly person worsens it can be a very stressful responsibility that can become a 24-hour job.

Why do so many people avoid putting their loved one in a nursing home in California?

Many family members have a connotation of anxiety and guilt linked with the decision to put their loved ones in a nursing home. They might believe that in doing so they would not be doing enough for their parent or spouse.

It’s also common for people to think of the worst case scenario and be worried by things they have heard about certain facilities. It’s probably that many think they could do a better job at understanding their loved one’s needs than the nursing home workers could, and that they could do a better job at making them feel comfortable.

When will I know if it is the right time to put my loved one in a nursing home?

There can be times when the decision to choose nursing home care is obvious. This could be when the primary caregiver passes away or when an illness was sudden or rapid. When deterioration happens slowly, however, it can be more difficult to draw the line.

Many family members feel better about making their decision when they have taken the time to look around different nursing homes and meet the staff. Often, after these visits, they feel confident that they are making the best decision for their loved one.

If you are considering nursing home care and the different choices for your loved one, it is important to take the time to understand the implications it will have.