Senior Living – Having the Talk

Having the "Talk"

Tips for Having the "Talk"

The most worthwhile conversations are often the most difficult to initiate. Read this quick guide to help you get started.
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  • Starting a conversation with a family member about moving to a senior living community doesn't need to be difficult. If you're feeling nervous, uncomfortable or guilty bringing up the subject, read these tips to make the conversation a little easier.

    Talking to Your Children About Senior Living Communities

    If you're thinking about moving to a senior living community, you may be concerned about how your children will react. To help them feel more comfortable, try these tips:

    • Make a family decision. Allow your children to be part of the decision-making process. Let them ask questions and voice their concerns.
    • Provide them with research. Give your children as much information as possible about the senior living communities you're considering.
    • Talk when you're at your best. Choose a moment when you and your family are rested and feeling well.

    Talking to Your Parents About Senior Living Communities

    As hard as it may be to start a discussion with your parents about them moving to a senior living community, it can reduce a lot of stress – and even prevent a serious emergency – in the long run. Try these suggestions for a smoother conversation:

    • Be prepared. Do your research before the conversation takes place so you can provide thorough information about senior living, assisted living and independent living options.
    • Let everyone have a role. Invite all parties involved to talk openly about options. Make sure your family members feel their concerns are being heard.
    • Talk when you're at your best. Choose a moment when you and your family are rested and feeling well.
    • Choose a partner. Consider inviting a trusted outside party to join in the discussion, such as a family physician, clergy member or family friend.
    • Listen. Hearing and understanding your parents' wishes and concerns is imperative to creating the senior lifestyle they want and deserve.
    • Revisit. Don't expect to reach a decision instantly. Many people discuss senior living options over the course of several communications, and it is important to give your family members some time to absorb the information you share.