How to Talk to Aging Parents about Assisted Living

Talking to aging parents about senior care options can be very uncomfortable, but there are some things one can do to help ensure that the conversation goes well.

  1. Research senior care and housing options first. Before having the conversation, it’s important to understand the differences in types of housing available for aging adults. For example, a senior may prefer something like St Petersburg assisted living where they will have their own apartment, help with housekeeping, and access to medication management, as well as an array of social activities. If the aging parent’s needs require more around-the-clock care, then a nursing home facility may be the best environment. Finally, it’s understandable why many seniors want to stay in their homes or close to loved ones, making home healthcare the best option.
  2. Keep positive. Discussing the topic of aging, and all the things that come with it, can be difficult, so it’s really important to keep the tone of the conversation positive. When talking about the different housing options available, it’s important to only speak about the residences in a positive light. Be sure to highlight the kinds of apartments they have available, the types of social activities they host regularly, and the day-to-day services that will make aging less cumbersome such as help with housekeeping, dining, bathing, and moving around.
  3. Keep the conversation open. Depending on the capabilities of the aging parent or parents, it’s important to create future dates to keep discussing plans for moving forward as the parent continues to age and their needs become greater. Additionally, it can be helpful to promise to keep the aging parent involved as a decision continues to be hammered out.

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