A comprehensive assessment is completed before an admission to ensure the nursing home is as prepared as possible to manage the initial period of residence.

However, any person that has moved home at any point can appreciate how unsettling this process can be. Moving into a new nursing home is no different and can be unsettling for both a resident and loved ones.

There are two elements that can make this process easier.

Firstly it is important to ask questions prior to admission, no matter how insignificant you think they may be. This will help all involved to be prepared by understanding the admission process and what to expect.

Secondly, it is important to trust the guidance and direction of the admitting nurse. As difficult as this can be, it is important to remember that the staff managing the admission will have significant experience in managing this process in an effective manner.