You’re likely going to be met with a number of questions when bringing up the topic of assisted living to an aging senior. Depending on the individual, some of those questions could be sincere or genuine while others may be meant to undermine the conversation (shut it down altogether).
Below are five simple answers you might be able to have ready to go if you’re about to discuss assisted living with an elderly man or woman in your life, whether it’s a parent, grandparent, spouse, or somebody else you care about.
Simple Answer #1: It’s your choice.
Remember, no matter how much you want to help this person, no matter how worried you are about their safety at home or other issues, where they live is ultimately their choice. Not yours.
If they begin asking questions and it seems as though they are resistant to the idea of assisted living, simply tell them it’s okay, that it’s their choice. Keep in mind that when a person begins losing control of their life (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.), they may try to grasp onto whatever control they can somewhere else and this is a great way to help remind them they are, ultimately, still in control.
Simple Answer #2: You can live as independently as you want.
Some people assume once they choose assisted living, control of their life reverts to somebody else. At a quality assisted living facility, that senior will still be able to choose what he or she does, what friends they keep, how long they sleep in, what time they wake up, and so on.
Think about it like independent living, with support when needed.
Simple Answer #3: You won’t be alone.
When seniors get older and begin having difficulty getting around, they will be likely spending far less time with friends than they had in the past. This could lead to loneliness and feelings of isolation.
At a quality assisted living community, seniors will be surrounded by people their own age, many of whom have similar interests. That means they won’t feel alone like they have been at home.
Simple Answer #4: Yes, we can visit whenever you want.
Just because they move into an assisted living community doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy visitors, including friends and family. Find out exactly what expectations, rules, and procedures are at a particular facility to assuage such concerns this senior may have.
Simple Answer #5: There are plenty of places you can still visit!
Depending on the transportation options and other factors, a good assisted living community will have opportunities for their residents to get out in the public. This might include going to the mall, visiting a park, heading to an art gallery, and so on.
To get specifics, contact each assisted living facility you may be interested in talking to this senior about to discover exactly what they offer as far as transportation and excursions ‘off-campus’ are concerned.
For more information about assisted living facilities in Terrell Hills, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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