Common Emotions Experienced by Families During Transitions
Ambiguity and ambivalence
- Uncertainty surrounding what to expect during the process
- Uncertainty surrounding what life will be like for the loved one following the move
Guilt and a sense of failure
- Families blame themselves for the move
- A sense of failure in not being able to continue to provide care for the person with dementia
Anxiety and stress
- Making arrangements for the move may be stressful, and pressure to make a move quickly or before the family is ready may exacerbate this stress
Grief, loss and sadness
- Families feel these emotions related to hat they themselves are losing, as well what they see their loved one losing because of the move
- Families experience a loss of control and disempowerment when they are not included in decison-making process
Loneliness and a sense of isolation
- Families feel they are alone during the transition process
Anger and resentment
- Families may prefer to continue to care in the community, but may be unable to receive needed supports to do so
- Families may not understand the process or have too much expected of them during the transition process
Feelings of relief and peace of mind
- Families experience these emotions knowing that their loved one is now going to be caed for in a safe and secure environment.
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