Some seniors still cling to the old, outdated idea that an assisted living facility is like moving into an “old folks’ home” where their privacy will be limited, health suddenly declines, and they are one step closer to having both feet in the grave.
With today’s modern assisted living facilities and communities, however, nothing could be further from that image. So how do you convince your elderly parent that moving into assisted living is in fact in their best interest?
Talk To Your Parents When They Are Healthy
The right time to speak to your elderly parents is when they are healthy and don’t suffer from any major physical ailments or show any signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. This is a good time to speak with them about what might happen if their physical health suddenly begins to decline, or if they suddenly begin to show declining mental health, such as forgetting things more often than usual or driving aimlessly.
Many seniors look around at assisted living facilities or communities simply because they may have seen advertising on television or they have friends who are considering such a move. If your elderly parents are already looking into assisted living, the hard work is already done for you. In this case, you may still want to have a discussion about how and when they would like to make this transition. This gives everyone time to get used to the eventuality, making the more so much easier.
If They Need Some Help
If you have noticed that Mom or Dad seems to need a little extra help getting around, or they seem to forget where they are putting things like car keys or everyday items they use all the time, then it may be time to sit down and speak with them about looking into assisted living.
Some families are a little timid about this subject, but if you approach them in the right way, some elderly parents may decide for themselves that the time is right. If you have a close-knit family, mentioning that it would put everyone’s mind at ease and that you just want the best for them may be enough to introduce the idea to them.
Offer to help take them on tours of nearby facilities or assisted living communities and show some excitement about potentially helping them move. When this is approached as an exciting and fun endeavor, it may help them feel more at ease with idea of moving to an assisted living facility or community. Discuss the fun of taking beloved pieces of furniture and making new friends, as well as discussing the opportunities to still have independence and privacy when and if they want it.
Patience, persistence, and positivity is the key. Make sure your elderly parent is ready and willing to make the move when it is right for them. Schedule a tour or ask for assistance from one of your favorite assisted living communities today.