They say, “There’s no place like home.” And they’re right. Your parents are likely very independent and may not be willing to admit they need care and must leave the house. Once you believe it is time for them to go to an assisted living facility, don’t hesitate.
Here’s the hard part: Having “the talk” with your parent about moving into assisted living. Your loved one’s may completely disagree and fight you on the issue. They may not be able to understand it well, and family members who disagree with your decision and will voice their opinion. This is going to be a difficult time, but here are some tips to guide you through it.
So how do you know when it’s time to make the move to assisted living?
- You or your loved one either needs help or can’t do everyday tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, dressing, showering, walking and climbing stairs.
- If you or your loved one has forgotten to take their medication before or has already fallen before.
- Caregiver is tired and is showing signs of diminished motivation
Here are a few tips to guide your conversation about the need for away-from home care:
- Be honest about the situation to your parents
- Listen to your parent’s questions and concerns
- Consider their opinions, but if you really believe they need to go to an assisted living facility, do not waver
- Be clear about your intention to pursue assisted living care options
- Seek support from close friends and family to help your case