For many elderly individuals, the idea of moving because they can no longer manage their care at home or because the house is now too much for them to handle is something that they might try to avoid for as long as possible. If there is any hope that they can hang onto their home, especially if they’ve been in that house for a long time, then they are going to try and hold on as long as possible. If you’re an adult child or a friend of someone whom you know needs senior care, and if you believe that it’s time for them to move into a smaller home or apartment, you should be expecting resistance from the elderly individual.
Below are four tips to help you get ready for that conversation about moving for senior care.
1. Expect resistance and remember that it’s not your decision, ultimately. Even if you’re talking to your elderly parent, and even though you know in your heart that it’s time that he or she moves into something more reasonable, you need to remember that it’s not your decision ultimately. Don’t try to coerce or force your loved one from their home as this is not only wrong, it can lead to some serious complications in your relationship with them.
2. Talk about the benefits of moving. While the senior will likely talk about all of the memories that he or she has within this home, you don’t want to talk about that. Talk about the benefits that he or she will gain by moving into a smaller place, or a place closer to a support system.
3. Gather as much information as you can about senior care services. The more that you know about senior care services, the more you can extoll the virtues of taking advantage of them. This can help your loved one understand that you’re not trying to convince them to move just to get rid of a large house, but to help them live life to the fullest, which may not be reasonable where they are at this time.
4. Start small. Don’t expect any major changes in their attitude or opinion right away. Instead. Begin with small snippets of conversations. Plant the seed and then back off. If you push, you’re likely going to face resistance and they will eventually not even want to talk about it at all.
Being patient is the key to any type of senior care and that includes encouraging someone to move into a smaller home.
If you have an aging loved one who needs professional elderly care, or are considering home care services for yourself call Harmony Home Health and talk to our care staff. They will be attentive to your situation, and provide clear and immediate options to help you deal with the difficulties you face. Harmony Home Health provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.