When your parents need more help at home than the family can provide, assisted
living can offer a safe and comfortable alternative. However, it is natural
for seniors to have some hesitation about leaving home, even when they
require help with daily routines, such as medication management. Here
are some tips for having a positive discussion with your parents about
assisted living and finding a solution that works for your family.
Choose the Right Moment
Do not attempt to have a
conversation about assisted living at a time when your parents are already under stress. Avoid discussing
the issue when other people are present or in a noisy environment that
may already have your parents on edge. Sit down together at home and calmly
bring up the topic. If the discussion begins to escalate, stop it for
now and address the issue again at another time. You may need to have
several conversations about assisted living before coming to the right
decision for your family, so resist the urge to make your parents agree
with your standpoint the first time the subject comes up.
Understand Your Parents’ Health
If one of your parents has been diagnosed with a condition like Alzheimer’s
or another form of dementia, knowing how the disease progresses may greatly
affect your decisions about assisted living. In the early stages of dementia,
your parent may be able to play a role in developing a memory care plan
for when he or she requires continuous care. This can help you avoid the
stress of making a decision about assisted living when your loved one’s
symptoms have worsened.
Validate Their Feelings
Avoid responding to your parents out of frustration, and instead, acknowledge
the concerns they have about transitioning to assisted living. Use positive
language when discussing assisted living, such as using the word “residence”
instead “facility” and emphasizing the benefits of prepared
meals and social activities with fellow residents.
Visiting an Avalon Memory Care home is a good way to get answers to the
questions your family has about assisted living and
dementia nursing care plans in Carrollton. To schedule a visit to one of our 20 locations, please call (214) 752-7050.