- Roles of Parent and Child Become Reversed. You must exhibit tough love. For their safety and wellbeing, realize you must make the decision for them, if necessary.
- Listen To Your Parents and try to understand their resistance while being persuasive but empathic during conversations about moving.
- Stay Calm and Don’t Force Things. Treat them as adults with dignity and be sensitive to any changes. The elderly are particularly resistant to change.
- Don’t Make Them Feel Like They Have to Move Because They Are Old. Make sure they realize it’s about their safety and well-being.
- Allow Your Parent to Have a Sense of Control. Give your senior parents time to process the need to move. Assure them you will assist in downsizing and surround them with familiar things.
- Research Places They May Like and take them to tour the places you’ve found and focus on their benefits.
- Emphasize The Consequences if they don’t move to a new place that can better ensure their wellbeing and safety.
- Explain How Much Their Move Will Help You. Parents do not want to be a burden to their children. Explain to them that they will be much less of a burden by moving into a Senior Care Assisted Living Community than staying in their old home.
- Accept The Possibility That You Might Not Convince Them. Parents may not like being told what to do by a child, but try waiting a few months or more and asking again. Over time, they may realize they need more help after all.
- Be Sure to Take Care of Yourself during this process. You give much care, but it’s most important to take care of the Caregiver.
- Ask A Primary Care Physician And Other Medical Professionals To Assist. When a doctor tells a senior they can no longer live safely alone, it will likely have a stronger impact than when their adult child tells them.
- Discuss Examples Of Other Friends And Family Members that have moved out of their homes, emphasize how happy and more comfortable they became in their new, safer residences.
- Enlist Family Members And Trusted Friends to visit your parent to encourage them to move for the numerous reasons mentioned above.
- Monetary – depending on the situation, a senior may need extensive, expensive care to stay at home and they nor the family can afford these services. To obtain funding, the old home must be sold. The equity is needed to pay for Assisted Living and or Long-Term Care. Most cognitive seniors understand finances!
The above strategies, approaches come from my personal and Care business experiences.
Contact me, if I can be of further assistance.