Insights for Families: Moving a Loved One from Home Care to Long-Term Care

“There are times when the challenges associated with advanced age, a prolonged illness or a chronic condition make a move from home care to the 24-hour support of long-term care a necessity,” says Collin Tierney, Executive Director and Administrator of Bryn Mawr Terrace in Bryn Mawr, PA 

“At the same time, we also understand that the decision to make a move from home care to a long-term care community is a highly emotional one that can be rife with internal conflict and feelings of guilt. Ultimately however, recognizing the reality of your loved one’s health and safety needs and making your decision based on their best interests and well-being is always the right decision.” 

Making the Move from Home to Long-Term Care 

As noted in an article on making the move from care at home to long-term care by Answers4Families.org,“Families can agonize over the decision after the placement is made for weeks, months and sometimes years, asking themselves was it the right decision? The right time? Acceptance of the placement is eased sometimes if everyone involved feels that it was the last step in a process where many other alternatives were already tried.

“The family may have provided a high level of care in the home, utilized formal services, or tried residential care arrangements, but the loved one still had unmet needs or questionable safety. The physical and/or emotional health of the caregiver may also have been at risk.

“Every family has its own threshold at which they feel they can no longer continue to give adequate care. The problems that most frequently lead families to decide on placement (in long-term care) are the ones that require 24-hour care, such as severe memory loss, incontinence, inability to transfer himself or herself, and unsafe behaviors such as inability to take medications properly, wandering, or leaving the stove on.”

Smoothing the Transition from Home to Long-Term Care

Although moving from home to long-term care can have a significant impact on both you and your loved one, there are certain useful steps you can take to smooth the transition process for all involved. Aging care experts say the process of adapting to the new long-term care environment from home can take several months, with the first 4-6 weeks being the most intense time. Therefore, they recommend doing the following as early as possible:

  • Bring your loved one’s personal items from home to individualize the room. Make it as comfortable and homelike as possible.
  • Emphasize the continuity of your relationship; show that you are not abandoning them. Plan to visit frequently, especially at first. Once settled in, take them out for visits, drives or meals.
  • Expect there to be some sadness, anger or confusion. Also, new residents are more at risk of falling, as they are unsure of their new environment. Take as many precautions as possible.
  • Get to know the routines, the shift changes, and the best times to call and visit.
  • Share information about the older person with the staff. Attend case conferences, get to know the plan of care, and contribute helpful information.
  • Support the staff and show appreciation for their work.
  • If you have concerns or complaints, be sure to speak to the right person. 

The Benefits of Long-Term Care for Your Loved One

If you believe that your love one at home may be ready for or in need of 24/7 long-term care, Bryn Mawr Terrace offers the ideal solution.

Our professional and compassionate team treats our long-term care residents as family. And we continually strive to provide exceptional care and an excellent quality of life. From our warm and comforting setting to delightful amenities, we do all we can to make our residents feel at home. Our long-term care residents enjoy all that Bryn Mawr Terrace has to offer, including: 

  • Fully furnished private and semi-private rooms – all with individual bathrooms
  • Three delicious, well-balanced meals prepared to meet individual dietary needs
  • Beautifully appointed dining room
  • Access to recreational activities
  • Unlimited visiting hours
  • Exterior patios for relaxation 

Adds Collin, “Always keep in mind that even as your loved one moves from home to a long-term care setting, you are still extremely important to them. Perhaps more important than ever. Your continued involvement in their life remains important to their ongoing well-being. Recognizing that family and friends are always welcome at Bryn Mawr Terrace, we encourage you to visit often. We try to make our home their new home in every way possible.”

Your Family Resource for Long-Term Care, Information and Support 

We understand that making the right decisions about the future, including the need for long-term care, can be rather complicated. Therefore, we’re always here to help. In addition to providing long-term care and other care services for seniors, we are also a valuable information resource for caregivers and families. 

We invite you to read our monthly articles and tips on a variety of important senior care topics on healthy aging and personal care. And we welcome you to stop in for a tour to learn about our excellent quality of life and see for yourself why Bryn Mawr Terrace has been named the “Best on the Main Line.” 

We’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts!

If you have comments or questions about our blog on moving your loved one from home care to long- term care, we’d love to hear from you. We also encourage you to share any of your caregiving experiences with us in our comments section. 

A Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

There are times when the challenges associated with advanced age, a prolonged illness or a chronic condition make 24-hour care and support a necessity. At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we’re always here for you and your family. Our compassionate, professional team treats our residents as family and respects each of them as the individuals they are, all with their own unique life story. 

We understand that each one of our residents has unique needs and desires, so we deliver personalized care and services that are tailored to each individual. The amenities and activities offered within our community are designed to keep our residents happy, fulfilled and living well. From delicious dining to a variety of social programming, we offer a lifestyle that’s meant to be lived! 

Located near Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Terrace – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has provided exceptional care and services to seniors and their families since 1966. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue. 

Today, Bryn Mawr Terrace serves as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), offering a range of services – including short-term rehabilitation, traditional nursing care, independent living, personal care, memory care, restorative care and respite care – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing.

For more information on Bryn Mawr Terrace and our variety of needs-based lifestyle services, please call us at (610) 525-8300 or contact us online. 

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Bryn Mawr Terrace and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.


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