As people age many older adults may need additional support with basic daily tasks. Older adults choose to transition to assisted living communities for a number of different reasons. Some older adults may not want to place the responsibility of their care on their loved ones, while others may no longer feel safe living independently in their homes. Assisted living communities offer support with activities of daily living, provide a safer living option, and healthier lifestyle, and ultimately allow residents to feel more independent.
Adult children often provide much-needed support for their aging parents during the transition into assisted living. Many adult children help select which communities to tour, accompany their parents on community visits, ask questions, and address concerns. What happens after the assisted living tour? Asking your parents follow-up questions can help them process their emotions and help them discern which community is the best fit for their needs. For many adult children and their parents, the process of choosing an assisted living community can be a daunting task. That’s why our team at Maplewood Senior Living has compiled a checklist of questions to consider asking your parents or loved one during this time.
Touring assisted living facilities will give you an overview of what your day-to-day might look like at the community. Shortly after touring a community, you might consider asking your parents or loved ones a few questions to help gather their initial feelings about the tour. It’s important to respect your parent’s opinions and to separate your own emotions as you ask and discuss the questions. Here are some questions to consider:
Selecting an assisted living community can be an emotional and overwhelming decision. Give your parents a few days to reflect on their assisted living tour and then ask follow-up questions. If your loved one is still undecided, these questions may help them with their decision:
Your parent might be feeling mixed emotions when it comes to deciding on a community. Remember to be empathetic when starting conversations regarding their move to assisted living. Listen to what they have to say, ask questions, and keep them involved in all aspects of the decision-making process. It is helpful to plan these conversations in advance, giving your loved one plenty of time to prepare.
Are you ready to plan your tour of assisted living? Make sure to review our comprehensive guide for questions to ask during your tour. If you’re ready to schedule your tour or have questions about our assisted living communities, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
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