Knowing when it is the right time for your parent or loved one to transition into an Assisted Living Facility can be difficult. Especially when one parent is ready for an assisted living, and the other is not. As life spans continue to increase, it is more likely that many couples will have to make this decision together.
Fortunately, many senior living facilities offer units or the needed accommodations for couples even if one is need of additional care support and the other is not. Regardless of the options provided by these facilities, knowing when and how to discuss whether a move into an assisted living is the right decision for the family is often a struggle.
Feelings of guilt and even anger are common, mainly if one parent is not ready to face that there is a need for a change. One of the best ways to mediate these types of conversations is to involve experts who understand the process and can help facilitate those tough conversations with the loved ones that need extra care so that you or your other parent aren’t deemed responsible for making an unfavorable decision.
Senior Living Specialists help find the best Senior Care option for your family and know exactly how to navigate these difficult conversations. Here are three essential tips to get you started:
Know What Options Are Available
Researching the available options in your community is a great place to start when wanting to discuss Assisted Living possibilities with your parents. Senior Living Specialists are the most experienced local and free referral service and are able and willing to provide you with the best available options for your family.
Start the Conversation on Their Terms
A great ice breaker for these types of conversation is to start by asking the values and wishes of your aging parents. Sometimes parents will dismiss the idea of a move because they don’t like change or the idea of having to move is too daunting of a task to consider.
Supporting their values and needs will help you better pitch options that best suit their wishes. Senior Living Specialists can even assist in finding you qualified downsizing companies and senior move managers to make a move as easy as possible for both you and your loved one.
Still too Soon? Consider Home Care
Senior Living Specialist offer free resources aimed to make this a smooth and seamless transition for your family. If your one parent or loved one is still not ready to make a move, and your other parent needs extra care Senior Living Specialist can help provide you with certified home companion care companies and home health companies in your area.
Meeting both of your parents social and emotional needs can be just as crucial as addressing their health care needs. Navigating caregiving conversations is not easy, but Senior Living Specialists know what you are going through and can help you concentrate on what is most important, the quality of life for your loved ones.