When is it the right time to move a loved one into a senior living facility? For the adult children, caretakers, and seniors themselves facing this difficult question, at times, it seems impossible to answer. But, having the conversation now can greatly improve a loved one’s quality of life.
In most instances, an event—or series of events—has signaled that it might be time. Is your loved one more than a little forgetful? Do they become disoriented or have mood swings? Are injuries or the need for medical attention more frequent? Has their diet worsened, house become neglected, or driving ability declined? Are they lonely?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, the right time might be right now. Especially if you’ve noticed weight loss, a decline in personal hygiene, trouble with balance leading to falls, or an increase in phone calls asking for help.
Starting the conversation to place a loved one in assisted living can be just as difficult as having the conversation. Before you broach the subject, you should consult with other family members and those who might provide valuable insight, like friends and family who have navigated the process themselves and senior living facility staff.
Sitting down with your loved one, blocking out time, limiting distractions and interruptions, and asking open-ended questions will help you gain a better understanding of their day-to-day life.
“How is it living on your own?”
“Are you ever overwhelmed?”
“Do you have a plan for your long-term care?”
The most important advice: listen.
Many seniors have lived independently most of their lives, and in many cases, may have been the caretaker for much of someone else’s. If they voice concerns or reservations, hear them out and respond with empathy. While time is of the essence, rushing the decision to place a loved one in assisted living may be detrimental to them, and their willingness to comply with the lifestyle change.
At Weinberg Campus, we are here to help you recognize when it’s time to have the conversation. Not only does caregiving take a toll on family members, but the decision to find professional help and a new living situation can be stressful as well. The easiest decision you can make is allowing us to assist in finding the perfect care option for your loved one.
To start the conversation, contact Anna Jacobi, 716-639-3332.