Image of Woman talking with elderly motherIt’s only natural that Mom and Dad want to stay in their home instead of moving to an assisted living or long-term care community.

At Embassy Healthcare, we understand a parent’s desire to stay in the comfortable surroundings of their own residence. We believe we can help ease the minds of both the senior and the family by showing them the social, nurturing life they can have in one of our communities.

There are several ways to gently but purposefully approach assisted living when a parent refuses or is resistant to the idea.

 

Plant the seed

Bring up the topic of assisted living at a time that makes sense, without making it seem like the decision has already been made.

A fall or medical diagnosis could be a logical time to bring up the benefits of having 24/7 access to specialized care. Recent hospital stays due to disabilities or illness could also be a good time to suggest the benefits of moving to a long-term skilled nursing care community.

Taking them to adult day care could help them become more comfortable with the idea of assisted living facilities.

Take a tour

The unknown aspects of what assisted living includes can be the biggest hurdle for a parent to overcome. Offer to take them on a tour of an Embassy Healthcare community so they can get an idea of what a day in the life of an assisted living resident looks like.

Call the doctor

Hearing advice from a physician can have a different impact on Mom or Dad than hearing it from their child. Ask the doctor to explain to your parent that their health needs would be best served in an assisted living or skilled nursing care community.

Highlight the social aspects

If your parent is feeling lonely, point out that an assisted living or long-term care community gives them plenty of time for social activities. Whether they enjoy games, gardening or sports, they will find others with similar interests in their new home.

For more information on Embassy Healthcare communities, call 888-975-1379 or schedule a tour of our facilities.