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What To Do When Your Parent Can No Longer Safely Live At Home

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that many seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, or in other words, to age in place. In an article titled “Seniors Want to Age at Home, Not in a Facility”, the author reviews many of the reasons that seniors may prefer to stay in their homes as they age. She goes on to describe how this wish can become a reality for many seniors thanks to home adaptations such as ramps and grab bars as well as to community resources that provide meals and transportation assistance.

However, for some seniors, although the desire to stay home may be strong the reality is that staying home is no longer a safe option for them. Sometimes it is a fall risk or the advancement of a memory disease to the next stage or just isolation that makes staying at home no longer the best choice. In those cases, how does a concerned child, family member or friend broach the subject of moving to an assisted living facility?

In an article titled “How to Convince Your Parent to Move to Assisted Living”, the author provides some helpful advice on determining when safety concerns may make this conversation necessary and how to start the conversation with your parent. As the author stresses, unless confronted with an emergency situation, be sure that the decision is made with your parent instead of for your parent. Sometimes enlisting the help of a family friend or other third party can be the key to getting your parent to hear and consider the positive aspects of the move.

The conversation about moving from the family home may be difficult and emotional for you as well as your parent because you also have to cope with the knowledge that your parent is getting older. Although leaving the home may initially feel to your parent (or to you) like taking one step closer to the end of life, if safety is prompting the move, it could really be taking one step closer to a less stressful and more enjoyable phase of life for both of you.

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