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It can be a challenge to speak with a loved one about moving into senior living. In fact, nearly half of seniors feel they’re too young to make such a move. It’s possible for the topic to cause tension between parent and child.
If you have aging parents, chances are you’ve considered what it would be like for them to live a carefree life. You may have concerns about their physical and emotional well-being in the long term. Perhaps a family member was caring for your loved one and no longer can.
Whatever the reason, it’s important to have the right kind of conversation with your loved one, one from a place of love and understanding. Many seniors fear losing their independence or changes to their surroundings and routines. While this is understandable, you can be there to help them see the possibilities of a future in senior living.
Here are some ideas that will help you start those conversations. We’ll also mention some of the top benefits of moving into senior living at a community like The Highlands at Wyomissing®.
Every circumstance is unique. While we can’t advise you on personalities or healthcare, these general tips are good practices for having a conversation with your parents about senior living.
Have Conversations in Person
Block out a period for just you and your loved one(s). Give them your full attention and listen to all of their concerns. Be receptive and listen to their worries. This will build extra trust and make subsequent conversations easier.
Have Conversations Sooner Rather Than Later
It’s not easy or pleasant when a living situation changes, no matter who you are. But the earlier you bring up the idea of senior living options, the better. If you wait until your loved one’s health prevents any discussion, their whole experience of moving could be changed.
Listen Openly and with Empathy
Don’t minimize their feelings – ever. They may have objections about a move to a residential living community, even if you feel it will help them retain independence. Have empathy and try to see things from their point of view.
Follow Up and Have Another Conversation
Make it clear that you’re open to having more than just a single discussion on the topic. Give them time to consider what you’ve brought up. Offer to have the follow-up conversation in the form of a community tour. Get together for coffee and an internet search of local Life Care Communities. It’s important to stay light, positive and ready to listen.
Don’t Rush Your Loved One To Make a Decision
Remember that older adults have the right to choose their own senior care options. Regardless of whether they’ll be moving to independent living or need more assistance, coming to an agreement is the ideal outcome. Unless your parent or loved one needs Memory Support, they should be fully involved in the decision to make the move.
The Highlands at Wyomissing® is a not-for-profit Life Care Community in beautiful Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. We offer Type A & B contracts covering Residential Living, Personal Care, Skilled Nursing, Short-Term Rehabilitation, Home Care, Physician Services and Memory Support. Come visit our vibrant campus and see what we provide.