When is it time to start thinking about senior living for my loved ones? How do I approach the conversation? How will they respond?
These are just a few of the questions many ask themselves when their loved ones are aging. Beginning to think about the process can be stressful. Beginning to think about having a conversation with your loved ones can be even more stressful. Below are our helpful guidelines for making the conversation easier for everyone involved.
Educate Yourself By Doing Research Ahead of Time
There can be a lot of questions surrounding senior living. What community is right for me and my loved ones? What level of care will they need? How will it be paid for? By starting the research process early, it can help give you peace of mind by providing you with the knowledge to make an informed decision. Request tours at your local communities, and don’t shy away from the tougher questions. While you can find a lot of information online, sometimes an in-person conversation is best. By being informed yourself, this can help to answer any questions or concerns your loved ones might have.
Let “The Talk” Be an Ongoing Process
Sometimes the most difficult part of having the conversation is starting it. Take a deep breath and remember that you don’t need to get everything figured out in one day. Let the talk be a process, and take it one day at a time. Start by asking more open-ended questions such as, “how has it been living at home?”. Listen to their concerns and opinions and remember that this is their life. Be receptive to their feelings and never assume that every decision has already been made. Really discuss the pros and cons of all situations with your loved ones and decide together what is the best way to move forward.
Talk in Person With Empathy and Positivity
As humans, it’s in our nature to avoid the uncomfortable. While this conversation can definitely fall into the uncomfortable category, it’s an important conversation to have with your loved ones. Remember that while it’s difficult for you, it might be even more difficult for them. Speak and listen with empathy. Make an effort to be open and understanding. By remaining positive, this can help to ease some of the fear that your loved ones might have. Work together to understand why this can be a positive and healthy choice for them, and begin to remove any potential fear.
Starting the conversation is never easy, but by following these tips it can make it less stressful. Request a tour or get in touch with Grace Pointe today, and let us answer any of your questions and help you every step of the way.