When your loved one needs assisted living, it can be difficult to start this conversation. They may struggle with a sense of losing their independence, and you may find it challenging to hear their concerns and come together to make the decision that meets everyone’s needs. Here’s what to consider when starting the conversation.
How to Discuss Assisted Living Options
If your loved one can participate in decision-making, it’s essential to present options and engage them in the process. The first step is to consider what kind of assisted living facility is needed. You and your loved one should meet with their doctor to determine what needs should be met. Medication management, transportation and mobility assistance, as well as dietary and grooming needs should all be considered.
Ask your loved one about their priorities and what would make them feel safest and most comfortable. Don’t overlook the importance of maintaining existing social connections and building new ones. Find out if there are friends and family your loved one would like to be in proximity to. Regular social interaction can stave off depression among those in elderly care, and it should be prioritized as much as personal and medical safety.
How to Keep Communication Clear & Open
Your loved one may go through a range of emotions during the conversation, and it will probably need to take place over the course of many discussions. If they seem angry or sad, accept that these feelings are normal and allow them to express them. Listen with the intent to understand and avoid interrupting.
Be honest about any budgetary, time, or location barriers that affect the decision-making process. Only through open, honest communication can you and your loved one choose an assisted living situation that feels like home.
Wellington Place at Biron in Wisconsin Rapids is a non-profit assisted living facility that helps elderly and disabled individuals retain their independence while enjoying safety and comfort. Their beautiful facility on 51 wooded acres offers residents the opportunity to spend time on their own or participate in social and wellness activities at their own discretion. Their caring staff treats each assisted living resident like family, putting your loved one’s health, happiness, and safety first. Call (715) 423-5600 or submit a contact form online to schedule a tour.