Are you worried about your aging loved one living at home independently and wish to move them into assisted living, but they don’t agree? We understand that the decision can be incredibly difficult for many families, especially if the aging loved one is resisting what the family recommends. Here are gentle ways to help your loved one make the decision to move into an assisted living facility.
Focus on gaining, not losing.
Your loved one may be focused on the idea of losing independence and the warm home they have lived in for decades. Help your loved one to see the things they will be gaining from moving to an assisted living facility. This could be new friends, fun activities or peace of mind.
Giving a gift to you.
Let your loved one know that the current living situation is a huge source of worry for you and the rest of the family, and that him/her accepting help would be a wonderful gift to you all.
It’s not permanent.
Instead of deciding that this is a permanent move, encourage your loved one to simply try out the assisted living facility. Take your loved one on visits to the assisted living facility and introduce him/her to nurses and residents there.
Be sure to discuss your concerns with your loved one’s doctor. If he/she agrees, your loved one’s doctor may be able to recommend to the patient some assistance in the form of an assisted living facility.
Overall, we recommend encouraging your aging loved ones to receive appropriate care, whether that is moving to an assisted living facility or simply adding accessibility equipment to their home, but avoid force and ultimately, try to respect your loved one’s wishes.
If you and your aging loved one have come to the decision to move to an assisted living facility, we hope you choose Choice Health Management. Call us today, and let us know how we can help.