Caring for aging parents is never easy. Inevitably, though, there comes a time when your loved ones need more care than you can provide on your own. Even if they’re independent, perhaps your parents would enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle with plenty of social and recreational opportunities. Either way, the right senior living community can help you in caring for your parents and help your aging parents live their best life in an environment tailored to their needs. Here are some suggestions to help your aging parent discover a happier, healthier way of life:
- Prepare for the conversation. Make a list of questions and concerns you have about your parents’ current and future needs. For example, home maintenance, socialization, managing daily medications, etc. Ask where they envision living out their retirement. Ask if they’re concerned about future health needs and having the appropriate care/support available. Then, educate yourself about the different senior care options, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, or short-term/respite stay.
- Take your time, allow them time. This is a big decision, one that is best discussed in person and when you and your parent are relaxed and in a rational versus rushed state of mind. Even if you’re ready to make the move, keep in mind your parent might need more time. They need your empathy and support to arrive a decision that is best for one and all.
Consider these conversation starters.
a. Would you like less home to manage/maintain?
b. Would you like to spend more time with people your own age? Are you lonely?
c. Do you feel safe behind the wheel or would you feel more comfortable having other transportation options available to you?
- One step at a time. There’s a lot to learn and discuss, but your parent doesn’t want to be overwhelmed with statistics and research. Start with basic information, schedule an informal visit to introduce the idea, time the time to ask questions and listen to responses, be patient, be ready to wait as your loved one mulls over the information, comes to realization of needs and embraces new idea and change. In most cases, the journey to a new home is just that—a journey.
MBK Senior Living understands the transition from life at home to life in a senior living community is an important one. Our website offers access to resources designed to help you choose the right community out of the many available options. And should you and your parent select an MBK Senior Living community, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the needs of your loved one are met in a warm, homelike atmosphere. We communicate closely with families before and after move-in to ensure that each resident’s care team is fully informed and supported. What’s more, our full range of signature programs are designed to nourish mind, body, and spirit, helping provide a happy, healthy life for your parent—now and as their needs change. Contact us to learn more.