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What are some of the common challenges faced by residents and their families in nursing homes, and how can these be overcome?

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Moving a loved one into a nursing home can be a difficult decision, and the transition can come with various challenges for both the resident and their family, but with proper planning and support, this transition can be made smoother for all involved.

This article will explore some of the most common challenges faced by loved ones when they move into a nursing home, as well as practical tips for overcoming these challenges, so that your loved one can settle in quickly and make the most of this new chapter in their life.

Challenges New Residents Face Moving into a Nursing Home

Leaving behind their home and associated memories

One of the most common challenges individuals face when moving into a nursing home is that they have to leave their familiar surroundings behind and the memories which are associated with that home. This change can be especially difficult for those who have lived in their home for many years.

Ensuring your loved one visits their nursing home prior to moving in can help them to become more familiar with their new surroundings, and they can meet the staff and other nursing home residents. Building familiarity will help your loved one feel more comfortable during the move and ease the transition for them. Where possible, we would also recommend personalising your loved one’s space with some of their favourite belongings from home, such as soft furnishings and photographs, as this can help them feel more at home.

Loss of independence

When loved ones move into a nursing home, they often fear that they are going to lose their independence and become solely reliant on others for daily tasks. The fear of losing autonomy can make this move more stressful than it needs to be.

It is important to reassure them that nursing homes understand this worry and actively encourage residents to make their own decisions and maintain as much independence as possible. Many nursing homes have social spaces and activities that are specially designed for residents to socialise if they wish to do so.


The feeling of loneliness and isolation is a challenge that many elderly people face when they move into a nursing home, especially if they are used to socialising with friends and family on a regular basis.

To overcome this challenge, it is important that your loved one maintains their social connections with family and friends, whether that is through regular visits, phone calls or video calls. Your loved ones should also be encouraged to take part in social activities at their nursing home, so that they can build new friendships and connections with other residents.

Challenges Families Face When a Loved One Moves into a Nursing Home


One of the hardest decisions that many families face is whether moving a loved one into a nursing home is in their best interest. Placing a family member in a nursing home is a big decision, and it often results in feelings of guilt and defeat.

To overcome these feelings of guilt, it is essential that you take the time to acknowledge that you have done the best you possibly can, but that professional care is often a necessary next step. You will still be a huge part of your loved one’s care team, even after they move, as they will still rely on you to be there for them.

Looking for a West Sussex Nursing Home?

Everything about The Bill House nursing home, Selsey is set up to ensure our residents are safe, comfortable, and nurtured at all times. We tailor our care to the needs of the individual and have practitioners on standby 24 hours a day, so you can have peace of mind that your loved one is in safe hands. The Bill House is a family business, and in our care, clients are treated like family. Want to find out more? Get in touch with our team to book a visit.


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