Aging parents considerseniorhousingoptionsbeforeacrisis

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Aging parents considerseniorhousingoptionsbeforeacrisis

  1. 1. Aging Parents: Consider Senior Housing Options Before a Crisis
  2. 2. Delicate Conversations • Mom or Dad may insist they’re not moving • Initiate the sometimes delicate and often difficult discussion • Best time to evaluate options is before a crisis occurs • Parent can participate in the evaluation and decision-making process in relation to the merits of independent or assisted living
  3. 3. When and How to Broach the Conversation • Eldercare specialist Stella Henry, R.N., author of The Eldercare Handbook: – Many seniors are unrealistic about their ability to maintain their homes – Prefer to avoid all discussion about the inevitabilities of aging – 95% of her clients come to her in crisis situations – Results in a confused elder, disorganized children and a family in chaos – Talk with care and sincerity – Gently suggest a visit to a friend who has made the transition – Have lunch at a nearby facility – Back off but don’t give up in the face of resistance – Call ahead for an appointment with the administrator or social worker – Visit during mealtime or during an activity
  4. 4. Form a Team • Present a united front • Enlist the help of respected physicians and counselors • Professionals can underscore family’s concerns • Help senior envision different scenarios or present the benefits • Who is best to serve as durable power of attorney for critical healthcare decisions?
  5. 5. All’s Well That Ends Well • Once the move is made the elder is usually safer and happier • It takes courage and determination • Children are rewarded when they see a parent flourishing in a new environment
  6. 6. SeniorHomes.com • Information in this presentation provided by senior care writer Leslee Jaquette • SeniorHomes.com is a free resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services • Visit http://www.seniorhomes.com for more information on senior housing
  7. 7. SeniorHomes.com • Information in this presentation provided by senior care writer Leslee Jaquette • SeniorHomes.com is a free resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services • Visit http://www.seniorhomes.com for more information on senior housing

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