When the time comes to help an aging loved one move to an assisted living community from a more independent living style, you might find yourself facing several challenges. For starters, you might become aware of the signs that such a move is necessary before your loved one does. Since you have an outsider’s perspective, this is only natural.
That being said, approaching your loved one about making such a change can be difficult for this reason. They might simply see the move as unnecessary and wonder why they can’t carry on as they have always done. This type of pushback should be anticipated, and you should be ready to meet it with patience and understanding.
The fact of the matter is that moving to a new home is stressful no matter what stage of life one is at and regardless of the particular circumstances surrounding the move are. Ultimately, there are several things that you can do in order to help your aging loved one accept the move to an assisted living community.
Here are a few such tips to help you if you are currently looking to help your own loved one accept this big change in their life.
Include Them in the Process
For many aging seniors, the difficulty in accepting the move to an assisted living community is tied to the fact that they feel as though they are losing control over their own life. In order to combat this, you should include them in the process as much as possible. This way, they will feel that their input is valued and that their opinions matter.
For starters, take them on tours of the communities that you have in mind. Encourage them to ask specific questions that they might have. For example, according to Bethesda assisted living, many residents place security and safety quite high on the priority list in regard to the community they wish to move to. If this is a concern for your own loved one, ensure that all their questions concerning safety and security are answered to their satisfaction.
Another way to keep your loved ones involved in the process is to keep them updated every step of the way. Let them know what is happening and when so that they won’t stress out about any delays or issues that might arise.
Consider Their Lifestyle
When it comes to the resistance that you might face from your loved one regarding the move to an assisted living community, the fear of giving up their lifestyle entirely can become an issue. People, in general, tend to be afraid of the unknown, and if it seems as though your loved one won’t be able to continue living the type of lifestyle they want, they can become incredibly apprehensive.
For this reason, you must choose a community that fits their lifestyle and that you indicate to them that this is the case. They will feel much more at ease knowing that they won’t have to change their lifestyle entirely in order to make this move.
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