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Navigating your child’s move to a specialist care home

When faced with your child moving to a specialist care home, it’s normal to feel a multitude of emotions.

To help you on this path, here are some things which you should know.

Accept your emotions

It’s natural to feel highly emotional when your child moves into a specialist care home. Guilt, sadness, relief, and hope – they’re all normal reactions to a challenging situation.

Giving yourself time to process and accept them will help you in the long run.

Stay connected

Though your child might now be living in a specialist care home, it doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected.

Regular visits, video calls, and letters can bridge the gap. The care home staff will also usually be more than willing to update you on your child’s progress.

Education is empowering

Learn as much as you can about your child’s condition and the care they’re receiving.

This knowledge not only empowers you but also ensures that you’re better equipped to advocate for your child’s needs and contribute to their care plan.

Seek support

This journey isn’t one to be walked alone. It can be helpful to engage in support groups, therapy, or counselling – talking to others who’ve experienced similar situations can provide invaluable insights and understanding.

Additionally, you may consider reaching out to charities and organisations that cater to families in similar situations as they can often provide resources and counselling at much lower rates, or sometimes even free of charge.

Look after yourself

Your well-being is crucial. Engaging in self-care activities, whether it’s reading a book, taking a walk, or meditating, can help you so much more than you realise.

Ensuring your emotional and physical well-being will enable you to be there for your child more effectively.

Stay involved in care plans

Engage actively in your child’s care plan discussions. Your input is invaluable. After all, no one knows your child like you do.

By being involved, you can ensure that their care is tailored to their unique needs and preferences.

Keep siblings in the loop

If your child has siblings, it’s crucial to keep them informed and involved.

Ensure they understand why their sibling has moved to a care home and encourage them to maintain a connection, too.

Siblings might also have their own set of emotions to navigate, so consider seeking support for them as well.

Trust the professionals

It can be tough to let go, but trust in the expertise of the professionals at the care home.

They’re equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide the best care for your child. Build a relationship with them, and together, you can ensure your child thrives.

Remember the why

On challenging days, remember the reasons why this decision was made. It was born out of love, concern, and wanting the best for your child.

At Almond Care Children’s Services, we understand just how difficult this journey can be, but we are here to support your child’s needs as well as ensure that we are with you every step of the way.

If you would like some advice about your child moving to a specialist care home, please contact us today.


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