How do you talk with your loved one about moving to a senior living community?

Talking to your mother, father or loved one about moving to a senior living community can be a sensitive and emotional topic. Here are some tips that may help:

  1. Start the conversation early: It's important to have this conversation before your loved one needs to move. Waiting until there's an urgent need for assisted living can create added stress and make the decision more difficult.
  2. Show empathy: Acknowledge that this is a big decision and that it may be difficult for them. Show them that you understand their concerns and that you want to help them find the best possible living situation.
  3. Listen to their concerns: Your loved one may have concerns about leaving their home, losing independence, or the cost of senior living. Listen to their concerns and address them as best you can.
  4. Highlight the benefits: Emphasize the benefits of senior living, such as socialization opportunities, friendships, access to healthcare, coordination of doctors appointments, delicious meals, and no worries about maintaining the home. Involve them in the decision-making process: Have your loved one be part of the decision. Together, tour a variety of senior living communities so they are involved from beginning to end. Be patient: Moving to a senior living community is a big change and will take some time to adjust. Be patient, present and understanding throughout the process.