Starting a conversation with a family member about moving to a senior living community can be difficult. If you’re feeling nervous, uncomfortable or guilty bringing up the subject, the following tips can make the conversation a little easier.
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 everyone’s wishes and concerns is imperative.
Revisit. Don’t expect to reach a decision instantly. Many people discuss senior living options over the course of several communications, and it’s important to give your family members some time to absorb the information you share.