How to Talk to Your Loved Ones About Moving to An Assisted Care Facility

Nobody likes the idea of getting older, but it happens to everyone.  If you have begun to realize that your loved one is becoming too old or infirm to live on their own, you may have thought about moving them into an assisted care facility.  It can be one thing to think about it and quite another to convince your loved one that it would be their best option though.  What are the best ways of helping them see the benefits of assisted living for themselves?

Listen to Your Loved One

It can be easy to go full steam ahead if you know you are right about something, but you may find you get a better result if you stop and listen to your loved ones.  They may have objections to moving into an assisted living facility that you have not thought of.  If you do not listen to what these objections are, you will not be able to overcome them and help them realise why assisted care would be the best option.

Sell Benefits Rather Than Features

This is a technique salespeople use time and time again.  It is one thing to tell your loved one what the features of moving to assisted living communities are, but you need to sell the benefits.  For example, some Assisted Living Communities provide activities for their residents.  This may be true but what does this mean to your loved one?  Instead of offering them a feature of the facility, sell them the idea of what it will mean to them.  Something along the lines of ‘You know how much you love to do your hobby?  Well, I have found a facility where you can do this with other like-minded people and make new friends.  They have people to assist you with any parts of it you have been finding difficult.’ This line of conversation will help them to see why they would want to make the change rather than just providing them with a meaningless list of features.

Think About the Future

Many people do not want to move into care facilities because they don’t want to give up their independence.  However, some assisted living communities offer the chance to be independent as part of their package.  Your loved one can have as much help as they need with day-to-day living but if they do not need this, they will be allowed to retain their independence.  As they get older, they may find that they do need more support with day to day living or help with memory care. Even if they do not need these facilities now it can be prudent to make the move while they are still independent and then change their requirements in the future if they need to. This is something they may not have considered.

It may not be easy to convince your loved ones to move into an assisted living facility but follow these guidelines to help you persuade them of the benefits.

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