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Transitioning to a Nursing Home: A Comprehensive Guide

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Welcome to Shaker Place, where we believe that every resident should feel comfortable and cared for. Transitioning to a nursing home can be a significant life change, and we understand the importance of making this transition as smooth and positive as possible. This guide will provide tips on transitioning to long-term care, ensuring your loved one feels settled and content in their new environment.


Personalize Living Spaces

We encourage residents to personalize their room. Bring personal belongings such as photos of family, friends and cherished memories, as familiar faces and places can provide comfort and a sense of continuity. If space allows, bring a favorite chair, lamp, or other small furniture items to make your loved one’s room feel more like home. You may bring bedding, pillows, and blankets to ensure their bed is comfortable and familiar. Keep personal items like books, knick-knacks, and keepsakes nearby to enhance your loved one’s comfort and happiness.


Build Relationships

Community is at the heart of everything we do and building relationships with fellow residents and staff can make every day more enjoyable and fulfilling. We encourage residents to enjoy meals in our communal dining area, as mealtimes are a wonderful occasion to socialize and bond with others. Our team enjoys taking the time to get to know all residents, and we encourage you to help your loved one get to know the staff members who are here to support them in everything they do. We highly suggest that you and your loved ones involve yourself in all their care planning meetings, as both of your inputs are invaluable in creating a care plan that works best and is tailored to fit their needs.


The Services Your Loved One Needs

Health and well-being are our top priorities, and our Shaker Place team offers comprehensive medical services to ensure you receive the best care possible. Residents benefit from all our on-site medical professionals who are available to address their health needs and concerns. Our team schedules routine health assessments that help us monitor your loved ones well-being and adjust their care plan as necessary. Our rehabilitation services include occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and speech therapy, all designed to support recovery and enhance quality of life. We pride ourselves on providing delicious and nutritious meals prepared by our culinary team, who cater to dietary preferences and restrictions to ensure well-balanced and personalized nutrition. We also offer nutrition education and management services from our registered dietitian and dietary technicians. Social and psychosocial services are available to ensure that both physical and mental and mental needs are being met. Our ancillary services, like our 24-hour security system, housekeeping, laundry and linens service, full-service salon and barber shop and more, ensure your loved ones will have access to all necessary medical support and amenities.


Stay Connected

Having regular visitors and opportunities to socialize can significantly improve mental health and overall well-being. Social interactions help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, which are common in nursing home settings. Engaging with loved ones and participating in group activities can lead to higher levels of happiness and contentment and have also shown to improve cognitive function and slow the progression of dementia and other cognitive impairments. Regular visits provide emotional support, creating a sense of security and belonging that is crucial for mental health. 


At Shaker Place, we offer flexible visiting hours to accommodate your family’s schedule so you can spend time with loved ones and create shared memories. Our activities team plans fun family-friendly events and activities for quality time. We also encourage residents to bring their preferred devices to stay connected with friends and family.


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At Shaker Place, we are committed to making the transition to a nursing home as seamless and positive as possible. By personalizing spaces, building relationships, providing needed services, and staying connected with loved ones, we are dedicated to providing comfort and peace of mind to our residents and their loved ones.