You never thought it would happen – that your parents would get older and may need some help themselves. They’ve always been the strong ones and have been the backbone of the family, helping everybody get through their struggles. Now, there is a role reversal. Your parents are older and could do with some help. If this is completely new grounds for you and you aren’t sure what to do, these tips may help.
1. Discuss With Your Parent
You know that your parents would get all the help they need and more at an assisted living facility but this is not a decision you can make without first talking to them. Your parents may not have thought along these lines. This may be a completely new idea for them and they need some time to get used to it. Broach the topic gently and take time to reassure them that you are not abandoning them. Instead, you are helping them move to something that will work out better for them in the long run.
2. Determine What You Can Afford
Once your parents agree that an assisted living facility would actually be a great move for them, there’s still the issue of money. Money is in fact a prime factor in making this decision. Talk to your siblings to determine how much each can afford to contribute every month. Once you’ve figured this out, it will make it easier for you to narrow down your shortlist. Don’t forget to also research other financial aid resources such as social security or veteran’s benefits if applicable.
3. Get Connected With A Senior Living Advisor
Senior living advisors will give you valuable insight that can help you make more informed decisions. They will help you understand your options and alternatives and also put you in touch with the relevant authorities to get the help you need if you cannot afford the price of a private community.
4. Visit an Assisted Living Community
Visiting an assisted living community personally can be an eye-opening experience. Not only will you be able to see the facilities first-hand but you will also be able to observe how the staff interacts with the residents and get a feel of the atmosphere within the facility. Make time to visit multiple assisted living facilities and narrow down your list to two or three based on your observations and what you think may be best for mom and dad.
5. Prepare To Move
The registration formalities may take some time but you don’t have to wait till they are complete to start the moving process. Help your parents decide what they want to do with all their possessions. Give away the stuff they don’t want and pack the things they want to take to their new home. This can be a really difficult step for aging parents so don’t rush it.
6. Decide Together As A Family
Making decisions about your parent’s future is not something you should do without taking into consideration what your other siblings have to say. Regardless of your thoughts and feelings, you must discuss this with them and come to a consensus that everyone agrees on. This will help prevent any unpleasantness in the future between you and your other family members.