Talking about senior living with your loved one can be challenging. Some seniors may have difficulty accepting that they need additional support with daily tasks like housekeeping chores and home maintenance. Conversely, many aging adults also fear that moving to a senior living community will deprive them of their independence. However, many senior living communities encourage flexibility and making the most of retirement.
If you are looking for more tips to help an aging parent who doesn't want help, read on.
When talking to an aging parent who refuses help, try to understand your loved one's fears about aging and losing their independence. Showing empathy can help comfort and encourage your loved one to accept the daily struggles and often leads to a productive conversation.
Actively listening to your loved one's concerns can also help you better understand where your loved one is coming from, and together you can find solutions. Once they've acknowledged where their apprehensions lie, they may be more willing to move forward and explore senior living options.
No one wants to lose control of their life, and it can be scary to feel like you can no longer make decisions for yourself. When making decisions for your loved one, be sure you are not taking away their independence and pride. By allowing your loved one to be involved in planning their care and choosing their community, you can reaffirm that they are in control and that you do value their opinion. After all, they will be the ones transitioning to a new home.
It all starts with research and fact-checking. When exploring which senior living communities will be a good fit for your aging parent, become familiar with all the ways these communities can help your loved one thrive. Keep in mind your loved one's lifestyle, hobbies they enjoy and the type of care they currently need. Knowing how your loved one wants to live will help you choose the right senior living community to meet their wants and needs.
Another way to foster a sense of excitement for your loved one is by showing them the different activities and amenities available at each senior living community. This can help give them something to look forward to throughout the process.
If you are actively searching for a new senior living community for your aging parent, Independence Village is here for your family. We have personalized living options that offer amenities and care options that suit every resident’s wants and needs. Our community specialists and care teams are ready to support and provide your loved one with a worry-free lifestyle.