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How to Encourage a Loved One to Move to an Assisted Living Facility?



You may think about moving your elderly family member to an assisted living facility when you realize that he or she is no longer safe in your home and you don't have the time and availability to address his or her daily needs. You know that assisted living may be the best option for your elderly parent. But simply knowing it and persuading your senior family member into moving to an assisted living facility are two different things.

 

Though you only have the best intentions for the well-being of your loved one, for various reasons, many seniors adamantly decline to move to an assisted living facility. Therefore, you must know how to convince an elderly to move to an assisted living center. Here are some tips:

 

Create an open communication channel

 

As you know, you need to communicate with your parents regarding their future plans. But most of us are unable to tell our loved ones regarding the necessity of making a move to an assisted living community until a serious crisis occurs. But by then, it will be too late. Even if you use the situation to ask them to move, your elderly parent may refuse to make a move. Therefore, it is very important to establish an open communication channel as early as possible and to have a discussion with your elderly loved one regarding the idea of moving to an assisted living community.

 

Don't make it your parent's problem

 

Instead of making it your parent's problem, make it your problem. Instead of forcing them to do it, say something like "I am worried about you; it really makes me concerned to see you like this." In this way you can convince them that you are really concerned regarding their well-being. This can make a difference.

 

Offer quite a few choices

 

You can help your elderly parent to positively think about a possible move by providing them with a list of options and features they would like to have in an assisted living center. Visit some communities so that your ill-parent can get an idea about the wide variety of choices. After shortlisting the communities your loved one prefers, schedule visits for meals, attend events, and join in some activities organized by the facilities so that you can choose the best one for your elderly parent. When your loved one is given such a chance to choose from numerous options, the transition will be smoother because they won't feel as if they are being railroaded.

 

Use the opportunity presented by an injury or medical condition

 

Any major change in your senior family member's health status, whether it's a slip and fall injury, a disease, or diagnosis of a new medical condition, presents an opportunity for making a move to an assisted living facility. You can use this opportunity to explain the need of the move. Elderly people are likely to accept the move once they have realized that it is essential for their safety and well-being.

Posted by Sitebox Admin on 10/10/2017
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