Having “The Talk” About Assisted Living

Have you noticed a decline in your senior loved one’s quality of life? Are they having trouble dressing or taking medications? Are they having difficulty getting around? Would you sleep a little better knowing your loved one was in a safe, comfortable environment? Then maybe it’s time to have “the talk” about assisted living. At Vista Shores Assisted Living and Memory Care, we realize talking to your loved one about moving into a senior living community is never an easy subject. That’s why we compiled a list of tips to help the conversation go as smoothly as possible.

Be sympathetic

Sensitivity is key. Look at the situation from their perspective. Your loved one has spent their entire lives building memories in their home. Letting go of those memories and the home they’ve built can be difficult.

Be inclusive

Do not approach the situation as if a decision has already been made. Try to bring up senior living as an option. Make it a light-hearted conversation. It is important your loved one feels their voice is being heard.

Be honest

It is okay to tell your loved one you’re worried about them. In fact, they probably will appreciate the honesty. Explain the potential hazards of living alone and how senior living communities can provide assistance if something were to happen.

Be prepared

Your loved is going to have a lot of questions. For instance, many seniors have a perception that assisted living facilities are dreary places with not much to do. Dispel that myth by showing examples of luxurious and modern residences that many assisted living communities, like Vista Shores, have to offer.

Visit different communities

Finding the right assisted living facility is incredibly important. Help your loved one choose a community that makes them feel welcome and comfortable. Consider things like amenities, staff, and the location of each facility when choosing a community.

If you do find yourself searching for the perfect senior living community, consider Vista Shores, a luxury assisted living community right on Bayou St. John in New Orleans. Our dedicated staff is committed to exceptional comfort and care, with a little New Orleans flair. We offer individualized levels of care depending on the needs of each resident. Schedule a tour today and come experience it for yourself!

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