Moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility is a radically life-changing step. Most residents who have given up independent living are experiencing loss: loss of their homes, work, social activities, and lifetime accumulations, even their places of worship. Often their family and friends are left behind. At the same time, most have been driven to make this move by physical limitations or illness and are coping with new life skills.
Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, loneliness and boredom frequently inhabit their days.
Most receive only a few occasional outside visitors and many none at all.