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Is Moving to Assisted Living or a Nursing Home an Easy Decision?

Is Moving to Assisted Living or a Nursing Home an Easy Decision?

Moving to an assisted living community is really beneficial for elderly people who need help with their activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning etc. However, for most people, choosing to move into a senior housing, such as an assisted living facility or a nursing home, is one of the most difficult decisions to make. It is difficult for two reasons:

  1. Most elderly people want to live at home, even if it is no longer safe or the best place for them. 
  2. Even if you manage to convince them to move to a senior residence, the process of choosing the right place is tedious as it involves researching different facilities until you find the most comfortable one which adheres to resident rights, has enough staff to care for the residents, and has all preferred amenities.

Therefore, you must know how to convince your parents and how to choose the right option:

How to convince?

Many seniors don’t have much knowledge about assisted living. Don’t announce your idea out of the blue because it is likely to hurt your parents. Instead, have a humble conversation. Ask them whether they have any plan for the future. If they have trouble walking up and down stairs or any other obvious problems, tell them that you think it would be better if they get additional help. The important thing is that you should have a heart to listen to their needs, wishes and preferences before making demands or giving suggestions.

Remember, your parents are likely to resist at first, especially if they have an attachment to the current home as they have been residing there for many years. You must stay calm and continue your efforts to convince them. Eventually they will realize that moving to an assisted living facility will be in their best interest.

How to choose?

There are several types of senior care homes. When you realize that home is no longer a safe place for your parents, you must decide which of those senior residences would be the right one for them. The decision should be taken based on the needs and preferences of your loved ones.

If your parents are healthy, active and fully independent, a retirement community (independent living community) may be the best option for them. Independent living facilities are designed for independent seniors who want the conveniences of community living. They offer an enriched lifestyle filled with social, recreational and educational programs and activities. They are also called ‘senior apartments,’ or ‘congregate living.’

If your parents want to live an independent lifestyle but need assistance with certain day-to-day activities, the best choice will be assisted living. The services offered by assisted living generally include:

  • Central dining (which generally include three meals a day)
  • Emergency call systems (in private and common areas)
  • Housekeeping
  • Wellness programs
  • Fitness activities
  • Medication administration
  • Social, recreational, and religious activities
  • Laundry services
  • Transportation arrangements
  • 24-hour security
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