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Helping Your Loved One Adjust to Nursing Home Living – Tip #7

As your loved one is settling into the new routine and atmosphere of the nursing home facility, it is especially important for family and friends to keep in touch. Telephone your family member regularly and visit when you can. Bring other relatives or friends and encourage them to stop by on their own. Cards and notes for special occasions or just to say hello can be kept on a table, dresser, or bulletin board in the resident’s room as a quick reminder of your love and care. Many facilities have computers available for residents, so email is another way to keep in touch. Frequently the Activities Department takes an active role in delivering and  reading mail and may assist with responding to mail. Your regular communication will also enhance the staff’s interest and familiarity with the resident’s family. Remember communication is the key to help prevent, identify and solve any potential problems. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the facility to be sure that all residents are engaged in daily activities.