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Tips for Bringing Up Assisted Living with Your Aging Parent

old man angryYour parents have raised you up and provided a home for you. At some point, the roles can become reversed and you could have to find a home for your aging parents. Eventually, there comes a time when they need help completing daily tasks. Whatever your parent's needs, they cannot always meet them alone. That is why solutions like assisted living and home care exist — so people can thrive in their senior years, despite limitations and infirmities. Pride and fear can keep older adults from facing these issues and opening their minds to change. If you're having trouble starting the conversation, here are a few of the best tips for bringing up assisted living with your aging parent.

 

The first thing you should do is research on your own. You don't want to come to your parents with half-baked ideas and unreliable information. If you discuss assisted living options without detail, it will solidify the idea that assisted living is an intangible and scary notion. You should have a solid idea of what you think is best and how the process works.

Steering a conversation toward assisted living can be a volatile but necessary step, but it's best to continue with small steps. Spreading the subject out, as it were, over many conversations may keep them from feeling pressured or rushing into an important decision. They may not initially want or recognize the need for help, so don't force it right away (unless it is an immediate safety issue).

Whether gradual or sudden, the loss of their physical capabilities can be traumatic. This can lead to concern about losing control over homemaking, their social life, usefulness, and transportation. Address each of the concerns your parents have and reassure them that they are not being put out to pasture.

Listen well and understand what your parents think about assisted living. Showing you truly care about them and are not bossing them around keeps the conversation on an open, friendly level. Whether they are pro or con or confused or noncommittal, prioritize listening so you can meet them where they are emotionally.

Such a life-changing decision will not happen overnight, but with your help and support, they can make the best decision for their future well-being, and Sacred Heart Villa offers packages to meet all needs and budgets.

The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Sisters renovated St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004, with space for 57 Sisters and 40 other senior residents.

The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café, and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety, and security in an environment of beauty and grace. Mass is celebrated each day and is open to the public.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or a loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit us at sacredheartvillapa.org/.