Excuses are so easy to make. In fact, most of us make dozens upon dozens of excuses every single year, possibly far more than that. The excuses could be to avoid an uncomfortable situation with somebody you don’t like. The excuse could have something to do with an activity you find boring or mundane. When an elderly parent, grandparent, or other individual you care about is making excuses for not considering assisted living (even though you know this is a great decision to consider), it can be frustrating.
Sometimes we need to understand the most common reasons people make excuses or, better yet, the most common excuses they might use. Below are some common excuses that seniors have been known to use on more than one occasion to try and short-circuit discussions about topics they’d rather avoid.
Common Excuse #1: It’s just like a nursing home!
This is one of the most common things elderly men and women say when an adult child, spouse, sibling, or even a friend talks about assisted living. They liken it to nursing home care.
In reality, assisted living is absolutely nothing like nursing home care. In an assisted living community, residents have full autonomy, may require some medical attention from time to time or physical support, but they can take part in a variety of activities and enjoy as much autonomy as they want.
Common Excuse #2: They’re fine on their own.
Even though everyone else in the family sees the signs that they are no longer safe or are spending too much time alone, they dismiss those concerns and claim to be fine just the way they are.
It’s not easy to convince somebody that no, they are not find, but that’s a discussion for a different topic. This is just a common excuse.
Common Excuse #3: Their kids help them out.
When an elderly person has adult children who may be in their 40s, 50s, or even their 60s living in the area, they often rely on them for assistance. They assume everything’s fine. Whenever they need help, that adult child is there to support them.
What they fail to realize, however, is more often than not this is causing a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for that adult child and his or her family. The more somebody helps an aging parent or other family member out, the more likely it’s negatively impacting their own life. Some people just don’t want to say anything because they feel it’s their responsibility or guilt is part of the equation.
Getting past these excuses is one of the keys to helping aging men and women realize why assisted living is such a great option to consider.
For more information about assisted living in Hill Country Village, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.