FAMILY RESOURCES

Let’s create a healthy, supportive, and caring home for your loved one.

When your parent or loved one makes the move to an independent living, assisted living, or rehabilitative or short-term stay situation, it can be a trying time. There are dozens of factors to consider, like proximity, cost, level of care, and perhaps the most important question—does this feel like home?

You want the best for your family. Rest assured that we do, too.

 

Tips for the Transition

Making the transition to a senior living community can be difficult. Starting the conversation about this move with your loved one can feel just as challenging. We’ve compiled a few tips to make this discussion more open, comfortable, and effective.

Do your homework. Enter the discussion with information about independent and assisted living options, as well as the various locations and benefits of local communities. Doing so will give you confidence and infuse confidence in your family member.

Consider including an outside party. Sometimes a trusted non-family member can add helpful perspective. This additional participant can be a family doctor, pastor, family friend, or anyone who will help put your loved one at ease.

Involve everyone. Making this discussion inclusive of all parties involved will encourage an honest, open dialogue. It’s crucial that your loved one knows they have a support system.

Don’t do all the talking. Listen to the concerns, questions, and needs of your aging family member. This topic can cause fear and uncertainty, and simply listening to these concerns can be deeply comforting.

Be patient. This decision doesn’t need to happen overnight. Give your loved one time to digest the information and continue to have discussions about it. This is also a great time to tour independent living or assisted living communities to understand the options and benefits of various facilities.

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