How to talk to your loved ones about the transition to Senior Care
Tips for Talking to Your Parents About Senior Living
Most older adults will eventually need to consider senior living options, such as independent living or assisted living communities. While these types of retirement communities can be beneficial for the health and wellness of your senior parents, it may not be easy to start the conversation about transitioning to senior living. If you’re becoming concerned about an elderly loved one’s ability to live on their own, keep the following tips in mind for starting this tough conversation. With the right approach, you can ease their anxieties and reduce potential stress surrounding the transition to a new living environment.
Research Available Options
Listen to Their Needs
You’ll probably come to your loved one with concerns about why they need to transition to senior living. Maybe they’ve recently been hospitalized or maybe you’ve noticed that they’re having trouble keeping their house in good condition. Voice these concerns honestly but create space for your loved one to discuss their point of view. Hear their concerns and show empathy—don’t start an argument. It may help to table the conversation if you or your parent become agitated. Transitioning to a new living situation at any stage of life is a stressful, emotional process. Be open to the emotions that your loved one may express.
Be Prepared to Have Multiple Discussions
Don’t expect to create a plan for your elderly loved one’s future in a single conversation. In fact, it’s best if you can start bringing up the idea of assisted living before it feels like an emergency need.
Tour Wesley Manor and Get Answers to Your Questions
The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Wesley Manor is happy to meet your family and answer all of your questions about the transition to senior living in Louisville, KY. Schedule a tour of our community today to begin planning a brighter future for your loved one’s golden years.