Caring about somebody means you want the best for them. It’s not always easy to determine what that could be, whether it’s for your teenage son or daughter, your spouse, a brother or sister, or even an aging parent. When a person in your life is reaching a certain age and is having difficulty with their own basic care (Activities of Daily Living), assisted living could be a topic to discuss.
There are many different ways people can approach this potentially sensitive topic.
Some seniors will be geared toward resisting the idea of moving from their home or apartment. The longer a person has been in the same place, especially if they shared it with a spouse who is no longer around, the more likely they will be resistant to the idea of moving. Memories surround every inch of that house and it’s difficult to let go and move on.
Talking about assisted living is important for many seniors, but the way the topic is broached can differ from one person to the next. Here are three things that might help open the door to discussing this crucial topic about assisted living with somebody you care about tremendously.
First, discuss quality of life.
Quality of life can mean a lot of things to many different people. For some, it’s about their work. For others it’s about the condition, cleanliness, and appearance of their home. For others, it’s about being active. If this elderly man or woman is having a tough time keeping up with their home, general maintenance, cleanliness, or is simply spending almost every day alone and not being very active, their quality of life has likely diminished.
Second, talk about support.
If they call on you or anyone else for help every once in a while, that may be okay, but it’s a clear sign things are becoming more challenging for them. If they don’t have the support they need all the time, assisted living could be the answer they’re looking for, even if they don’t realize it yet.
Third, discuss their desires in life.
Just because a person may be in their 70s or 80s doesn’t mean they give up on life. There might be numerous wishes, desires, or plans they would like to pursue, if they only had the right support or had other seniors to do them with. Assisted living provides the best opportunity for men and women all across the country to take advantage of everything life still has to offer, regardless of age.
For more information about senior living in Hollywood Park, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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