How to Talk to Your Parents About Assisted Living

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Assisted Living

June 30th, 2021

Have you noticed your senior loved one has been needing some extra help with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing or medication management? These are all common signs it might be time for an older adult to consider moving into an assisted living community. However, you’re not sure how to talk with your parents about assisted living. After all, making a lifestyle change can be intimidating for older adults who are used to following a set routine. 

We know talking to a senior loved one about assisted living isn’t easy. The good news is that with the right approach, you can showcase the benefits of an assisted living community without your parents feeling overwhelmed. Join us as we break down how to talk to your parents about assisted living today. 

Prepare for the Conversation 

The first step in talking to your parents about assisted living is preparing for the conversation beforehand. Start by writing down some of your top concerns about your parents' current lifestyle. For example, maybe they’re having a hard time taking their medication consistently, or their home is becoming less safe as daily tasks start to stack up. 

Now that you have a list of concerns, research assisted living communities near you and how they can help with the challenges your parents are having. Having this detailed information available upfront will help your parents know you truly have their best interests at heart. 

Tips for Having a Better Conversation About Assisted Living with Your Parents

Have the Conversation as Early as Possible 

Instead of waiting for a health issue to force the conversation, talk with your parents about assisted living as early as you can. In most cases, you’ll need to have several discussions about assisted living before your parents are fully convinced it’s the best option for them moving forward. The earlier you start to talk to your parents about assisted living, the sooner you can reach a decision as a family. 

Let Your Parents’ Voices Be Heard 

Your parents will most likely have concerns, anxiety and objections about making the transition to an assisted living community. It’s important you don’t try to minimize the feelings they’re having about the situation. Acknowledge all their concerns, and ask questions so you can better understand their feelings and the rationale behind them. Not only will this show your parents you’re respectful of their feelings, but listening to their concerns can help you find the right assisted living community for their unique needs. 

Set Up a Community Tour 

One of the best ways to help alleviate some of the worries your parents may have about assisted living is to show them what their lifestyle could be. Ask them if they’d be willing to visit an assisted living community for a guided tour. On a tour, your parents will get an inside look at the activities, staff and neighbors that could be part of their new lifestyle. Seeing an assisted living community with their own eyes and help alleviate many concerns your parents have about senior living. 

Don’t Rush the Decision 

After you’ve talked to your parents, heard their concerns and toured a community, you might feel ready to make a decision. However, remember this is ultimately your parents’ decision, and it’s OK if they need some more time. Give them time to process their visit and your last conversation. You don’t want your parents to feel pressured about moving to an assisted living community. If they’re not ready to make a decision, tell them it’s fine to wait a bit, and then set a time in the future to revisit the conversation. 

If you need more guidance on how to talk to your parents about assisted living, Garden Plaza of Florissant is here to help. 

Discover Premier Assisted Living in Florissant, MO 

At Garden Plaza of Florissant, we offer assisted living residents a dynamic lifestyle that helps them get the most out of the next chapter of retirement. Our expert staff will get to know your parents on a personal level so our community can provide individualized support with daily tasks they’re struggling with. Plus, our assisted living apartments are surrounded by open air and scenic greenery, giving your parents a peaceful environment to reach a higher level of wellness. If you’re interested in learning more about the assisted living lifestyle at Garden Plaza of Florissant, contact us today.