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Why is social interaction so important in a nursing home?

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If you are considering transitioning your loved one into a nursing home facility in Virginia, one factor you will want to look at as you begin comparing your options is the social environment. Finding a place where your family member can continue to form and strengthen valuable relationships is imperative to his or her ability to continue to feel important and valued even with a significant change in residence. 

Well-planned social activities will encourage your loved one to get to know other residents with whom he or she may find common interests and beliefs. Additionally, a facility that values the input and suggestions of residents is more effectively able to cater to the interests and likes the people that live there. Verywellhealth.com suggests that even if your family member is subject to severe mental or physical handicaps that prevent him or her from actively participating in scheduled activities, committed staff members can still provide needed social interaction and support.

Some of the examples that were provided included a staff member reading to your loved one and focusing on material that is related to prior interests, careers, passions or hobbies. A staff member can also interact by providing critical physical contact by rubbing lotion on your loved one's hands or simply talking to them and making sure that social interaction is still a part of his or her routine. 

Throughout your family member's stay in a nursing home facility, your awareness of his or her social interactions, changes in demeanor or personality, and response to the people around him or her, can help you to identify if any mistreatment is happening. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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