It is hard to imagine a time when living independently is no longer the best option. Even when others see signs indicating that a change in living arrangements is needed, a parent or loved one might resist the idea. How can you navigate this important, yet difficult discussion? We’ve put together some strategies to help.
Start the conversation early.
Discussing care options and long-term living arrangements before a crisis occurs is a good way to bring up the subject without pressure. It allows an opportunity for your loved one to express desires and opinions without the fear of impending change. It may even provide a chance to tour communities with your loved one if he or she is willing. Remember to stress your own concern for your parent or loved one’s wellbeing so he or she does not feel judged or embarrassed.
Make your loved one part of the process.
Most of us resist things we feel forced to do. If a person feels the decision to move is of his or her own choosing, it will be much easier to accept. By emphasizing your parent’s ability to make decisions while expressing your concern for his or her safety, you can prompt action. If the loved one resists the conversation, you may need to let it go and revisit the subject at a later date to avoid confrontation.
When children are acting in what is truly the best interest of parents, they are acting out of love. By doing research and selecting a quality assisted living community such as McKnight Place, you are providing 24-hour care in a safe environment. Many find that their parents and loved ones thrive when living in communities that provide a variety of stimulating social and therapeutic opportunities.
To learn more about the higher standard of care in assisted living and skilled nursing provided at McKnight Place, contact us today.