This module addresses the adjustment period faced by clients when they move to a new environment. It includes information about how to tell if a client is adjusting, the importance of first impressions, helping new clients feel “at home,” and how the risk for falls increases in a new environment. This inservice also covers the emotional and social adjustments required of new clients, how the Patient Bill of Rights fits in, and how caregivers can help during those important first few weeks.
List at least three signs that new clients are not adjusting well to their new environment.
Examine your role in helping new clients adjust and discuss why it is important to do so.
Describe the emotional losses that often lead to the decision to move into long-term care.
Discuss the benefits of staying socially active and list at least three activities that provide social interaction.
Demonstrate thoughtful and compassionate care to new clients during the adjustment period.