Talking About Senior Living with Your Loved One
Starting the Dialogue
Open communication is an important part of the process on your journey to senior living. The last thing you want is for your loved one to feel like they are being forced into a community without any say. Sitting down and having a conversation with your loved one will give them the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings, as well as allow you to discuss the value and benefit to senior living.
The sooner you are able to have the conversation, the better. This gives you time to talk through any issues and navigate to a place of common ground. Some seniors are thrilled about the idea of moving to a community. They are ready to pack their bags, sell the condo and begin living life carefree alongside their peers. But for other seniors, the idea can be unsettling. Don’t feel discouraged if your loved one isn’t on board with the idea. For the majority of adults, it’s the idea of change that’s the hardest thing to grasp. Everyone gets used to living life a certain way, including seniors, and your loved one just need time to get accustomed to the idea. Change is a very positive thing, and once your senior sees all the perks of senior living, they may just regret not making the move sooner.
Having the conversation may not be easy. Even if your family has strong relationships, this discussion can create apprehension and surface some difficult and emotional questions. But with patience and thoughtful communication, you can work together to move past any disagreements. And you’re not alone. Our caring professionals and online articles are available as resources to help make the conversation go as smoothly as possible.