Hello, my name is Amelia. Welcome to my site about nursing homes and assisted living facilities. When my mother developed a hip problem that prevented her from safely living at home alone, we started the long search for a suitable place for her to live. We toured each of the facilities in our area to find the one that felt most like home while providing all of the support and security she requires. Through this site, I would like to help other people weed through the options to find the best possible place for their loved ones to live. Thanks for visiting my site.
Moving into an assisted living facility is usually a positive step, but it can also be a difficult one at first. Your aging parent will have all the care they need in assisted living, while also getting to live in a comfortable home. You will no longer need to worry about them falling, otherwise injuring themselves, or forgetting to take their medication. In order to ensure that your parent is fully onboard and excited for this next step, it's important to help them choose the right assisted living location. Here are three ways to do just that:
Take Your Time If Possible
Unless moving into an assisted living facility has become a medical emergency, it makes sense to take your time and let your parent explore their options without feeling pressured. Begin researching options months before they actually plan to move if possible. Help compile a list of assisted living locations your parent would like to visit and check them out in person. Taking a less rushed approach makes the whole process less stressful, and it also leaves more time for selling or renting out their home and moving their belongings into storage.
Help Them Define Their Priorities
Like most things in life, choosing the ideal assisted living facility means getting some of the things on your parent's wishlist but perhaps not all of them. It's wise to encourage them to clarify and define the amenities and services that are most important to them, as well as those that they can live without. For example, your parent may long for social connection, so choosing a location with lots of social groups and classes is non-negotiable, while a facility that offers gourmet meals may be less important.
Visit Assisted Living Options in Person
Choosing the best fit often goes beyond the amenities that are offered by each location. Equally important is how your parent feels emotionally about living in a specific assisted living facility. Visiting locations in person allows your parent to see if they can picture themselves living happily there. It also gives you both a chance to get a better feel for the staff. For example, was everyone you met warm and friendly, or did the staff seem overworked and stressed out?
Following these tips and taking your time to make sure your parent is truly happy with the choice of their new assisted living facility will give both you and your aging parent much more peace of mind.