Talking to our parents about the fact that they might need more help is a difficult conversation to have. No one wants to face the day they have to tell their loved one that they might not be able to live alone. Still, it’s important to push yourself to talk to your parents in order to preserve their health.
If you are talking to your parents about estate planning, you might mention setting things up so that assisted living is affordable, if needed, in the future. By getting ahead of the game and talking about assisted living early, you can get them thinking about this option, so that when the time comes and they do need the care, it will be an easier pill to swallow. It’s much better to have a plan in place than to wait for a disaster to occur at home.
Getting information can be critical for getting reluctant parents to consider assisted living. Many people have a bad impression of assisted living communities based on horror stories that they have heard and hate the idea of losing independence. You can combat this by getting more information and finding a community that offers a realistic balance of care and privacy. Having a little bit of help early can make things easier, and prevent health difficulties from getting out of hand. The more health issues, the more care needed, which leads to less privacy and independence. Finding something that works when your parents are only having a little trouble can work out to be the best solution for everyone.