blog january 17As a caregiver, you know that talking to a parent about relocating to an assisted living facility can be a difficult subject. But you also know it’s a step you must take when you’re concerned about your loved one’s overall health. A decline in your own well-being, like missed time from work or a lack of sleep, is another sign it might be time to talk about a move.

Embassy HealthCare in Ohio knows that having “the conversation” with your senior loved one may feel threatening. Follow these three tips to ensure an assisted living relocation talk with your parent goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Have an open conversation
Make the relocation conversation honest and open. First, address concerns you’re having with your senior loved one, like health and quality of life. Highlight the positives – for instance, adult day care will address your loved one’s care needs, giving you two more time to spend on activities your parent enjoys. Ensure your loved one is involved in the conversation and knows that his or her input is more important than anything.

2. Address your parent’s concerns
Your parent might view assisted living as a total loss of independence. But Embassy HealthCare communities provide countless opportunities for your loved one to regain freedom. Your parent will follow a daily routine, pick meals and decide what activities to participate in.

3. Include your loved one in the decision
The decision to relocate your parent can be overwhelming, but it's important to include your loved one in the transition. We encourage visiting an Embassy HealthCare location as a family so your senior loved one can see how much independence our residents have firsthand! Touring a community together can help get you both more comfortable with the idea of making the move.

If you need help having the conversation with your parent, don't hesitate to contact the Embassy HealthCare team at 888-975-1379. We'll help to make the transition easier for the entire family.