Considering A Move To Assisted Living?0
Ask a senior citizen what they want most, and many will state they wish to make their own decisions concerning every aspect of their life. Allowing them to do so can be hard on children, especially when the children see their parents need extra help. If you find your parent wishes to stay in their own home, but you are worried about their safety, assisted living may be a compromise you can agree on. With this option, your parent retains some independence, yet can have assistance when needed.
Obviously, this shouldn’t be the first choice if your parent really doesn’t want to move. You may find by bringing in outside help on a regular basis and providing your parent with a personal alarm or other devices that will make them safer, they can continue to live alone for a period of time. When they can no longer visit with friends, begin to neglect their health or leave appliances on, however, changes need to be made.
An assisted living center provides freedom for the individual, as they have their own living space, and they no longer need to worry about maintaining a home. In the event medical help is needed, it is easily accessed, and they can socialize with others, as most facilities plan activities based on the interests of the residents. Many seniors find they thrive as their needs are taken care of, and they can focus on enjoying life.
You’ve determined this is the right move for your parent. How do you convince them? This can be the hard part, as they want to stay in their home. Don’t demand they make the move. It’s best to move slowly through the process, as doing so can help to ensure their cooperation when the time does come that a move must be made.
Actions To Take Today
- Break the ice, but do it gently. The goal is to highlight the benefits of making this move, so they can start thinking about whether it is the right option for them. This is not something you can (successfully) bully anyone into, but rather something that you should encourage, allowing your loved one to make the final decision, whenever possible.
- Begin researching the options. Take tours of a number of facilities to see what they have to offer, and suggest your parent or loved one do the same. A good place to start this research is to see where friends of your parents are residing, as they may be happier living near someone they know.
- Get help from others. Find a trusted friend or expert. Discuss the benefits of making a move of this type. Remain sensitive to your loved one’s needs. Ensure all that the goal is to make sure your loved one receives quality needed care. By keeping this top of mind, you may find more willingness to transition to a new place where your parent can have the following: Freedom when desired and Help when needed.
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