If your loved one is having a hard time with the transition of moving to assisted living, they may turn to you for help and guidance. Knowing what to say ahead of time can help you handle the conversation with grace and delicacy. Here are some ways you can ease your loved one’s concerns about moving to assisted living:
Reassure Them That They Aren’t Losing Control
Your loved one might feel that they are losing control over their own life by moving to assisted living. Reassure them that they still have the power to make decisions about their residence, care, daily activities, and more. Find ways to empower them to make their own choices and foster a sense of independence.
Encourage Their Socialization
Remind your loved one that they will have many opportunities for socialization, even after moving to assisted living. Not only will you and other friends and family visit, but they can also take part in group activities. Most assisted living facilities offer worship opportunities, games, outlines, book clubs, and other fun social activities.
Be a Good Listener
Above all, your loved one wants to feel heard. Lend a sympathetic ear, don’t interrupt, and let your loved one voice their concerns. Make sure they know that you understand their concerns and want to find a way to compromise or find a solution that works for both of you.
We Are Here for You!
When it’s clear that it’s time for your loved one to move into an assisted living facility, contact us at Twin Town Villa. Our compassionate, friendly staff is always available to answer questions and give tours of our facilities — to help ease your loved one’s concerns. We specialize in memory care, assisted living, and care suits. To learn more, contact us to schedule a tour of the community or call us at (218) 643-9542 with questions.