Talking to Elderly Parents About Assisted Living

As your loved one ages, you may have taken on the role of a caregiver, attending to their needs on a day-to-day basis.  While this certainly is incredibly admirable, it can be draining on both the physical and emotional self. Taking a toll on finances, lifestyle, and time, it may be too much to handle as time progresses. If that time does come, it may be better for everyone involved if your loved one moves into an assisted living community, like Poet’s Walk.

Our team of caregivers has the capabilities to handle any medical issues that may arise, including those associated with memory care. Although this is not always easy to talk to elderly parents about assisted living, there are ways to approach the discussion designed to keep everyone involved as comfortable as possible.

When Is It Time for Assisted Living?

Making the decision to move a loved one into assisted living is not an easy one. However, it is one you will have to make if you determine you are no longer able to offer the level of care that your loved one truly needs to stay healthy and happy. For example, if their medical needs exceed your capabilities or they begin to require around-the-clock care that interferes with your ability to care for yourself, assisted living can be the perfect solution. Often, memory loss becomes a concern for family caregivers, requiring the 24-hour care and attention of a dedicated memory care facility, such as Poet’s Walk.

How to Approach an Elderly Parent Who Refuses Assisted Living

Though this is never an easy discussion to have, it doesn’t have to be a dreaded conversation. Here are some tips to make the experience as stress-free as possible:

  • Try to emphasize the positive aspects of assisted living, like community amenities, individualized care, and being able to connect with others in similar life stages
  • Remind your loved one that you will still be able to visit frequently and that they will be able to maintain their independence, simply with the dedication and attention of a caregiver
  • Make sure that the discussion is a two-way street and that you are really listening to your loved one’s concerns
  • If your loved one has memory issues, like dementia or Alzheimer’s, start the discussion sooner rather than later
  • Approach this conversation in a manner that is as compassionate and understanding as possible, as it will be much more likely that you will achieve a positive resolution that benefits both you and your loved one

At Poet’s Walk, we have the capability to care for your loved one well into his or her golden years. We welcome you and your elderly parents to contact your nearest memory care assisted living community to learn more about everything that we have to offer.