So you’ve begun the dreaded conversation of senior living options with your loved one. A few additional tips to use during this time are:
- Acknowledge the positives of home. Your loved one may not want to say this, but they probably know that if they make this transition, it is likely permanent. You cannot shy away from this. Allow the fears and concern about illness and mortality to be part of the longer term discussion.
- Know the various options in advance. Ask your loved one how they feel about issues and listen to their concerns. They’ll be more receptive to your suggestions if they know that you have researched the options that might be best for them.
- Enlist the aid of other family members. Include siblings or other family members. Consider other elder family members as part of the discussion as well. They may have already made a move to senior living and could be valuable allies in this process.
- Be prepared to provide emotional support. There will inevitably be fear and even anger over the “loss of home and independence”. There may be denial that assistance in daily activities is needed. It will be difficult for your loved one to come to the realization they may not be able to live safely on their own anymore.
Again, please remember, the people you are talking with are people you care about; stay caring, compassionate, and supportive.
We’ll continue with Part Three of this series next week.
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