Nursing Home Residents’ Difficulties
Often the greatest problems faced by nursing home residents involve finding ways to feel meaningfully connected to family and new and old friends, being able and motivated to participate in enjoyable and meaningful activities, and possibly coping with illness and pain. Staying in touch with the world, and coping with limitations in a positive and creative way are important goals.
Many nursing home residents are at a point in their life where reminiscence becomes an important part of their experience, and encouraging connections and meaningful communication with others is essential. For many, it is important that physical pains and illness do not become the person’s sole focus. Additionally, opportunities to continue to participate in the cultural activities with which the person is familiar is very important.