Anneliese Peterson | Mar 1, 2015
Many older adults prefer to live in their homes much beyond the time their adult children feel they should – whether it is for physical or mental health. Adult children often want to respect the wishes of their parents, and so they may find themselves in a very difficult situation – wishing to respect them, but also feeling the need to protect them from harm.
One of the best gifts adult children can give their parents is to be prepared for when they do need their help. Here are some tips on the different options available in senior living as well as services that can be hired inside the home.
There are a variety of housing options available, the most common being:
If your family or loved one has given you permission, one of the first things you should do when looking into senior living communities is consult with their physician to determine their physical capabilities and ability to live on their own. Older adults in good physical health who are mobile and capable of performing light household chores may find an independent living apartment or senior living community easier to transition to after living on their own for a lifetime.
Conversely, if an older adult is in need of acute care following a hospital stay and cannot return home, a transitional care residence will help bridge the gap until they can return home safely. Once the individual has fully recovered, you can revisit the concept of moving to any one of the different styles of communities. At all points during the decision-making process, maintain clear and honest communication.
Don’t rush the decision. Your parents will let you know if the transition and processes are moving too fast or just at the right pace – and they will be grateful for your support, respect, and help.