Going home for the holidays with family can be an exciting time, but also a stressful time. You may start to realize mom or dad isn't doing as well at home by themselves as you thought they were or what they had expressed to you. You may begin to question their safety, realizing that you don't know whether your parent(s) can continue living at home by themselves. There are some steps, as a child or caregiver, that you can take while preparing to talk to your aging parent about moving into a senior living community.
Create a list of concerns for your aging parent if they continue to live at home by themselves. Are you worried about them being a fall risk? Are they eating right and getting the proper nutrition? Are they able to make safe decisions when at home by themselves?
Know all senior housing options. Every community offers something a little bit different than another. You have to find the right community that feels like it will fit your parent's needs.
Keep your parent involved in the discussion so they feel like they are part of the process. Be sure to review finances with your parent(s) so that they know the cost involved.
Consider communities that may offer all levels of care depending on what your parents health needs are. Will they need a specialized memory care down the road or even long term care?
Have their doctor get involved. Sometimes suggestions that they may need extra help or should consider moving to an assisted living community, are easier coming from the doctor than a family member.
Present senior living options positively.
It is always important not to spring these conversations on your parent all at once. Remaining proactive and starting the conversation bit by bit and early is key! Call one of The Views Senior Living communities and they can help you walk through the process, helping to make conversations and transitions as smooth as possible for your loved one and you.