The decision to move into a senior living community can be difficult to make. There are a number of factors to consider and multiple communities to choose from. If you have a parent who is wrestling with this decision there are ways you can assist with the process. You can help your parent make the decision to move into a senior living community by providing emotional support, lending your technical expertise and assisting with logistics.
Provide emotional support
You can start the process of helping your parent with their decision to move into a senior living community by providing emotional support. This is a decision that comes with a wide range of possible emotions. If your parent is still at home, they have to face all the emotions that come with moving out. They may feel a sense of loss for the things they are leaving behind. On the other hand, your parent may feel excitement about meeting new people in a senior living community. As the adult child, you can help them navigate these various emotions by being supportive and recognizing that they are a normal part of the process.
Lend your technical expertise
A little technical knowledge can streamline the research process into senior living communities. If your parent is not tech savvy you can help by lending your technical expertise. You can do a significant amount of research online into the options in the area where your parent wants to live. You can find contact information for the senior living communities through their websites and even schedule a time to take a tour. Starting online will save a considerable amount of time because it will help you weed through the options to find a place that fits your parent’s needs.
Assist with logistics
Will your parent have to sell his or her home before moving into a senior living community? Are there a lot of possessions that have to be dealt with before the move? These logistical issues and others are elements your parent has to consider when making the decision to move into a senior living community. This component of the process can be overwhelming for some senior adults. By offering to help with the logistics, you can ease some of the pressure your parent may feel about making a decision. Instead of worrying about how much they have to deal with, your parent can focus on looking at the elements that will help them decide on a community.
Walking through this decision making process with your parent can provide you both with peace of mind. The additional perspective you provide can help your parent make the decision to move into a senior living community with confidence.