Approaching the topic assisted living to a loved one can be difficult. It can be even harder if the individual doesn’t think they need it or haven’t even considered it as an option. Many people relate assisted living to a tremendous loss in their independence. So, when bringing the topic up, understand that it is probably much harder for them to confront assisted living than it is for you to talk to them about it.
Before approaching them about it, make sure you’re certain that assisted living is the right option for them. In all reality, it might not be the right choice, and if it’s not the right time, you will face even bigger challenges in the future when it is evident that a change is necessary. That being said, do not be too scared to talk about the subject because if it is the right fit, your loved one may be at risk living by themselves without access to care. The last thing you want is to put off talking to them about it and then something happens that forces the issue. This is a common occurrence and leaves families scrambling to find a facility.
Sometimes talking about assisted living before it is needed can make things easier for everyone. Establishing plans for long-term care before it’s necessary allows for an open dialogue where the individual does not feel they are being pushed to do something they do not want to do. At the end of the day, it is your loved one, and you probably have the most experience communicating with them. Utilize this experience when approaching the topic and remember it may take some time for them to come around. It is a major decision and can be overwhelming, so do not be forceful and know when to give them space.