Perhaps you’ve been struggling with how you might be able to convince an elderly family member to at least consider assisted living. To date, he or she has been resistant to the idea and any time somebody has brought it up, they’ve become hostile, belligerent, and maybe even stormed off, slammed down the phone, or otherwise disconnected the conversation.
It’s not always easy talking about things like this.
When the topic of assisted living comes up, it can usually put an aging person on the defensive. They often have numerous misconceptions and preconceived notions about what assisted living is and can offer, so the first thing is to break down those natural defenses to be able to open their mind to at least considering the option.
Below are three keys that could help unlock the door to convincing an aging parent or other family member to think about and honestly consider assisted living for their future.
Key #1: Understand their apprehensions.
The only way to do this is by listening. Asking the right questions and doing so in a respectful manner is the most effective way to talk about these things. This aging person may assume everyone is ganging up on them or they may feel that way, so asking their opinion, gaining some insight into what they already think about with regard to assisted living is going to help you and others understand what their initial apprehension or preconceived notions entail.
Key #2: Know as much as possible about assisted living first.
For those only have scant information about assisted living, how will they be in a position to convince somebody this is the best option for them moving forward? It’s crucial that you and others be equipped with as much factual information about any particular assisted living facility in the area so you can quickly answer questions openly and honestly.
Using deception or making assumptions is only going to do a disservice to this conversation, especially if that elderly person uncovers a truth different than the one presented to him or her.
Key #3: Be patient.
Each person will arrive at various decisions in a different manner and at a different rate. It’s crucial to be patient with this aging senior and not push him or her too hard, too fast. This might be frustrating, sure, and it may even cause extreme anxiety for family and friends who are worried about the safety of this individual at home alone, but each person has to reach this decision on their own.
For more information about assisted living in San Antonio, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.