If you’re a caregiver for an older parent, you know it’s not always easy to help them get the senior care they need. One of the biggest challenges is getting your parent to move from their home into an assisted senior care community when it’s time. Even if your parent has been living with dementia for years or has other health issues that need attention, they’ll often resist moving out of their home no matter how much you try to convince them. But don’t give up — there are ways that you can persuade them to make the best choice for their future!
Focus On Their Feelings
In many cases, people who refuse to move to assisted care do so because they don’t want to feel out of control of their lives. They may be afraid about being unable to take care of themselves or fear something bad will happen while they’re away from home. You and your loved one’s healthcare provider(s) need to focus on these emotional aspects of the transition to better understand how best to make this transition as easy as possible.
For your parent to fully understand what moving into assisted living would mean, talk with them about why this step is necessary and how it will benefit both themself and others in the family. Be honest about the feelings involved in making such a decision and try not to justify your actions by saying things like: “You need help taking care of yourself” or “It’s time for me (or someone else) take over some responsibilities.” Instead, try saying something like: “I’m worried” or “This makes me sad.” In other words, allow yourself some vulnerability without feeling guilty about it!
Change Your Approach
If you’ve tried everything else and your parent is still refusing to move, then communication is one final thing that can help. Your parent might not be ready to accept that they need assistance in their daily lives, but this doesn’t mean they don’t want your help. They may need some time to come around on their terms.
For this approach to work, however, you need to focus on the positive aspects of assisted living instead of focusing solely on what could go wrong if your parent insists on staying in their home. You also have to be willing to ask others—to take care of any tasks that become too difficult for them due to health problems or age-related limitations like memory loss or arthritis.
You Can’t Do It All Yourself
If your parent needs care but is resistant to accepting any help, you may need to step back and realize that there are things you can’t do alone. You can’t force someone into assisted living or senior care if they don’t want it. But you can help them see the benefits of moving into a care facility, even if they’re not interested in making a move yet. Your goal should be to get them excited about living in a senior-friendly independent living community or nursing home by showing them that it doesn’t have to be as scary as they might think.
In conclusion, we’re here to help you through this difficult time. If you need any further information, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you in any way possible!