2018.07.23 16:57 | Sean Carter
Over time, you’ve begun to notice changes in your parent’s behavior and living patterns. The changes can range from something as subtle as stocking up on microwaveable meals or far more serious like constantly tripping and falling. As the signs start to show themselves, the decision for their care becomes a little bit harder. The time has come for you to have a serious conversation with your loved one.
Approaching the subject of assisted living can be emotionally difficult for everyone involved. However, it can also be a lot easier than you think.
To make the conversation easier, start off by doing your research about assisted living facilities before talking to your loved one. Doing your research ahead of time can not only better prepare you, but can also help your loved one make an informed decision. Being able to answer any questions your loved one may have can help the process go along much smoother in the beginning. Research assisted living facilities, what they have to offer, affordability, and distance from loved ones.
Additionally, make sure your loved one understands that you’re doing this for their safety. One of the biggest issues elders have with assisted living is feeling that they are losing their independence. Assure them that this is not the case, but is, in fact, a way to help them regain their independence while staying safe. Mention a few of the instances that cause you concern, but approach them lightly. You don’t want your loved one to feel attacked or a bad about the signs of their aging.
Always keep the lines of communication open between you and your loved one regarding assisted living care. Keep them in the loop on the process and be open to answering any questions that they may have. Starting the conversation is only the beginning. As you dig deeper into planning, your loved one will have more questions. Be ready and willing to help guide them through this new transition.
While this topic isn’t always well received by many seniors, you can approach the topic with confidence and ease with these simple tips.