The upcoming holiday season may be filled with reuniting with family and friends. It may also be a time where we notice warning signs that our aging loved ones are no longer safe to live alone. That realization can lead to a pretty tough conversation.
Here are some tips to help you to begin:
- Be clear and explain why a move to senior living may be best. Be prepared for your loved one to disagree with your assessment.
- Start the discussion soon and make it an on-going discussion. It will take time for your loved one to consider the idea of senior living. Please don’t wait for a disaster before bringing up the subject. Frame “the talk” as a process where everyone’s opinions will be heard.
- Approach your loved one in a private moment. Your loved one may react with feelings of embarrassment or defensiveness. Bring up the subject of senior living during a one on one, non threatening time.
- Expand their understanding. If your loved has a fear of losing their freedom and independence, explain that there are options for all levels of care. Be thoughtful of your language; use “community” rather than “facility”, discuss “apartment-style living” rather than “rooms.”
Next week I’ll share four additional tips for talking with your loved one about senior living in Part Two of this Four part series.
Please remember, the people you are talking with are people you care about; stay caring, compassionate, and supportive.
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