Given a choice, most seniors would probably prefer to remain in their homes for their golden years. Unfortunately, it’s not always a practical choice, especially for older seniors with health issues or mobility problems. Talking to your parents about assisted living may be awkward, but it’s important for their future health and welfare.
At Beverly Hills Carmel we make the transition into assisted living more enjoyable, and we truly believe that we are the best option for your loved ones when it comes to choosing an assisted living community. However, we understand the conversation can still be hard.
We have provided you with a few ways to broach this subject in a non-threatening, positive manner.
Get to Know Assisted Living Communities in Your Area
Before initiating "the talk" about assisted living, become familiar with communities in your area. Do your homework so you can answer any questions your parents may have with confidence. Learn how assisted living communities operate, what they have to offer and average costs. You could even see if any of your parents’ friends live in a community as they could be the catalyst that helps draw Mom and Dad in.
Here at Beverly Hills Carmel we even offer respite stays that allow guests to have a two week or month long trial stay to help ease their minds before they fully transition to our assisted living community.
Plant the Seed
Once you’re in the know, select a time to plant the idea in your parents' head. Timing is important as it could make the difference in how your parents react. If your parents are having health issues that limit them physically, you could mention how assisted living provides extra assistance for seniors in their elderly years.
As seniors age, it’s only natural for adult children to be concerned about their health and welfare. Ask your parents if they have given thought to their future and how they’ll carry on in their later years. This gives you a chance to see if they've discussed these matters and considered options on their own. Your goal is to help them understand senior care options that make it easier for them to enjoy their golden years to the full.
Accentuate the Positive
Many seniors have misconceptions about assisted living, comparing it to a nursing home lifestyle. Having done your research, you can help dispel these myths and point out the good that assisted living has to offer. Share the positive aspects of safety, socialization, independent lifestyle, assistance with daily tasks, spacious living accommodations with all the modern conveniences and more. You can even offer to tour various communities with them with no obligation on their part.
Give Seniors a Say in Decision Making
Moving to an assisted living community will probably be a big deal in your parent's life. It’s important you give them time to adjust to the idea. You should also make sure they have a say in the decision-making process. If your parents are still fairly healthy, they’ll definitely want to make their own choices concerning where they’ll live in the future. By not pushing your agenda and giving them time to consider their options, you stand a better chance of getting them to see your point of view.
At Beverly Hills Carmel, we make every effort to help seniors feel at home in our assisted living community. Call us today at 310-278-8323 to schedule a tour of our apartments and get to know assisted living at its best.