A Better Way to Approach Your Elderly Loved One about Assisted Living
Assisted Living in Terrell Hills, TX – Getting Down to the Basics May Be a Better Conversation Starter
Written by Janice L., a daughter trying to convince her mother about the benefits of assisted living.
The first reaction that I received from my aging mother when I mentioned assisted living was dismissiveness. She held up her hand that indicated she didn’t want to listen to anything more I had to say. I saw the signs that she was struggling to take care of herself and even though we had discussed the prospect of hiring a professional caregiver to come to her home and help her on a regular basis, she wasn’t interested in that idea, either.
The truth was that the house she was living in was far too big for her to maintain any longer. She wasn’t able to keep it up or maintain the yard, and over the years its condition had deteriorated. I expected my mother to be around for another 10 or even 20 years, but she wasn’t going to be able to live comfortable and safely in that house any longer.
I believed that since a couple of her closest friends had moved into an assisted living facility not too far away, she would be interested in at least talking about it.
I discussed the situation and the difficulty I was having with my mother to a friend and she suggested I learn as much is I could about the assisted living facility and the opportunities they provide to their elderly residents.
My friend then told me to talk about some of these benefits to my mother, not in the context of assisted living, but in the context of improving the quality of her life. That is exactly what I did.
I got down to the basics of what assisted living can offer someone. There are opportunities to take part in various activities in a safe and comfortable environment. It also puts them in touch with other people their own age with whom they can have conversations, make new friends, and share incredible experiences they’ve had in their lives.
Once I began to talk about these things, these prospects, my mother seemed to be more receptive to the conversation. Eventually it led to the notion of having her move into assisted living, and at that point she was much more willing to consider the possibility. Sometimes you just have to get down to the basics of what assisted living offers and talk about those positive aspects, rather than the idea of moving out of their home.
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