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Talking About A Move To Senior Living

Many family caregivers fear talking with their senior loved one about future plans for senior care and senior living. However, having a conversation that addresses your loved ones needs and desires before a crisis arises is a proactive way to ensure the long-term safety and well-being of your loved one. Consider the following tips when starting the senior living discussion with your parents.

Mom and adult daughter talking

Research – Before starting a conversation about senior living with your loved one, it’s important to educate yourself on the different types of senior care available. There are many options for older adults, including in-home care, independent living, assisted living, nursing home care, memory care, and skilled nursing care. The more you learn about the different levels of senior care, the better you’ll be able to understand and present which senior living option is right for your loved one.


Listen – During the conversation, it’s important to listen to your loved ones specific wishes and concerns about senior living and future care. If possible, try to involve them in the decision-making process by researching and visiting local senior living communities together. Your parent will appreciate that you including them in the decision making process and helping them understand their options and overcome any of their fears.


Offer Support – For many older adults, the idea of moving from their long-time home can be a terrifying reality that’s hard to accept. Understand how difficult the decision may be for your loved one and be patient with them as they face downsizing and a move to a new home. Offer your reassurance and be sure to remind your parents of the many benefits of senior living, including fun activities, convenient amenities, round the clock security and social opportunities all designed to make their lives easier and more enjoyable.


Don’t Force a Quick Decision
Unless your loved one has an urgent need to move, don’t try to rush the process. Moving to senior living is a complicated process, not a decision that can be made in one day. It’s best to start the conversation early and revisit the topic more than once, especially if your loved one has resisted the idea at first. By getting an early start on the senior living search, you, your family, and your senior loved one will have more time to feel comfortable and confident with any decision.

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