Transitioning your loved one to an assisted care complex after years of living in their home can be challenging and probably one of the most significant changes a senior must make in their later years. There’s no way to eliminate the doubts and concerns that come with this transition. However, there are ways to encourage parent to move to assisted living.
Talk to Them First
Bringing up the topic of supported living to your parents will most likely be difficult, and time is also an issue. When feasible, you should speak with your parents before any need for assisted care develops. Instead of making them feel that they can’t take care of the home anymore, tell them, make them understand the reasons why they might need assisted living.
Show them Empathy
Shifting to an assisted living center is a challenging possibility for your ageing parent. Your loved ones have spent their entire life living alone, caring for others, establishing a family, and maintaining a house. To properly comprehend this life-changing experience, finely developed compassion skills are required.
Moving to an assisted living center frequently leaves people feeling like they are losing their freedom and becoming dependant on others. Many seniors are distressed at the prospect of being a “burden” for someone else, and many feel considerable guilt and a loss of dignity as a result.
Reassure your parents of their importance to the family and discuss the things that will remain constant. Perhaps it’s the monthly card game they play with their grandchildren, the book group they run with pals or the warm mittens they create for family members during Christmas. Make them understand that all of these may still be a part of her life at an assisted living facility.
Make them Feel Involved
Engage your parents as often as possible in the search and visits to assisted living communities. They may become disappointed and withdraw from the procedure, so you’ll need to entice them back in by talking about amenities, locality, and apartment size.
It’s critical to be empathetic to your parents during this time in your life. Engaging all family members in a productive discourse is vital to developing a good attitude about the transfer. Some parents will relocate with reasonable ease, while others may have more significant difficulties.
Help them with Downsizing
Moving is complicated enough on its own, although when your parents have to keep or part with sentimental objects, it adds an emotional aspect to the situation. If feasible, plan the reduction process well in advance of the move.
Your parents will need much time to select what may be donated or stored and transferred with them. Let your parents take time to digest this, reflecting on the past and encouraging them to look forward to another chapter of their lives. Many dementia people experience a sense of liberation after moving into an assisted living home.
Choose Discovery Village At Southlake
Encouraging your parent to move to assisted living doesn’t have to be a daunting task—you just need to ensure they’re involved throughout the process. At Discovery Village At Southlake, we take pride in providing the highest standards of senior living, with pleasant apartment homes, gorgeous interior and outdoor settings, plenty of amenities, and compassionate care.