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Approaching the Conversation About Assisted Living with Mom or Dad

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Perhaps you’ve realized your mom no longer attends the book club she once looked forward to each month, or maybe you’ve noticed it takes your grandpa longer to get ready for the day each morning. Either of these scenarios could signal that your parent could benefit from the supportive and engaging environment offered by an assisted living community.

How do you discuss these concerns with them, though? Having the conversation about assisted living with Mom or Dad for the first time can be challenging. It can trigger a wide range of emotions, including hesitation, anger, sadness, and even fear.

Franklin Park® Senior Living offers assisted living and other senior living services throughout San Antonio and Boerne, Texas, and we understand this initial conversation sets the tone for the rest of the transition process. We want to help make this conversation as smooth and as positive as possible by sharing tips on how to do so.

Research Assisted Living Communities 

The best-case scenario is that your parent is receptive to the idea of an assisted living community. On the other hand, they may need more persuading. Regardless, you will want to come to the conversation prepared to answer any questions they may have in the moment.

In addition, common misconceptions can dissuade people from learning that assisted living communities offer care, engagement, and an enhanced quality of life. By researching assisted living and possible community options before the conversation, you will be able to answer their questions and ease any concerns they may have about assisted living.

Additionally, you will have a better idea of the options available to you and your family when the time comes to make a decision. This will help you feel more confident when approaching the conversation with your parent or family member for the first time.

Assisted Living in San Antonio, Texas

Assisted living at Franklin Park® Senior Living offers a lifestyle of care, convenience, and confidence. We have designed our assisted living services to provide exceptional support to individuals who need assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and eating.

Friendly and supportive team members provide care while offering an engaging experience full of exciting activities and community gatherings. Our assisted living communities are committed to putting dedication into every detail to ensure residents thrive.

We aim to foster independence, encourage growth, and create an environment where your family member has the confidence and support they need to achieve their goals.

Some of our community amenities include:

  • Security features
  • Social, mental, and spiritual services
  • Transportation services
  • Business amenities
  • Upscale dining areas
  • Health & fitness centers
  • On-site shopping
  • And more

Listen to Your Their Concerns

Think of it from their point of view. You wouldn’t want to be told how to live your life. One way to help minimize this feeling is to make sure your they feel heard and that their feelings are validated.

Listen to their concerns and work with them to find a solution and community that caters to their needs and preferences. This gives them control over the decision as opposed to being told what they have to do.

Stay Positive

If your parent is unsure about moving into an assisted living community, talking about the potential downsides of making this change will not generate a positive outcome.

Instead, focus on the positives whenever you talk about assisted living. Discuss how this change will enhance your their quality of life, offer them the support they need in their daily routine, and provide them endless socialization opportunities.

Choosing an assisted living community is a significant decision and having this initial conversation is the first step. Our team at Franklin Park® Senior Living is here to support you and your family through every step of your senior living journey.

If you would like to learn more about our assisted living options in San Antonio, Texas, and what our communities offer, visit our website or contact a member of our team.