A person only seeks what is best for his loved ones. Sometimes the choice is hard to make, but is considered with the greater benefit in mind. Our elders prefer to live in their own house for as long as they can. Most of them with a conventional attitude tend to consider this as their ultimate destination in life. However, this may not always come in their best interest to do so and you may need to convince them to consider assisted living. This is especially true if they are suffering from degenerative mental or physical illnesses such as cancer or Alzheimer’s.
Once their health starts failing, situations may arise where it turns out to be more dangerous for them to stay at home alone and unsupervised. Your house may not be equipped to accommodate them during a medical emergency or there may be cases when they are left unattended for hours causing serious health complications.
This is the part where you need to convince your elders to move to assisted living centers for a better lifestyle. The problem with convincing elders is that most aren’t aware of the facilities that modern assisted living centers offer. They have a fear of losing their independence and privacy. Elders also regard this move to be a step closer towards the inevitable, which is why they will always rebel.
Many other factors hinder their decision in support of moving out of their homes. However, mentioned below are some tips on how you can successfully and honestly convince them to go to the assisted living institution:
- Talk to them indirectly, do not approach with a decisive statement and try to mention options that they can seek for a better living condition.
- Offer them a tour of assisted living center to let them know about all the facilities that are being offered and to get them better acquainted with the friendly staff. Show them how significantly better off they will be under professional and time supervision.
- Ask a friend if he has his elder living in an assisted living center, if so, take your loved one to them and let them have a heart-to-heart conversation on why this is a better option.
- Show interest in how much you prioritize their privacy and security – and above all, their health and wellbeing.
- Don’t force unless there is an emergency. It may take a lot of time for them to process this change in lifestyle. This is why you must always be patient.