At Pine Lodge, our Care Team respectfully listen to our residents. They show compassion, empathy, and are empowered to go above and beyond to care for or tackle a concern and treat residents like family. We make everyone feel at home and celebrate our residents’ individuality and enhance both our lives and the residents we care for.
Starting a Discussion on Senior Living Options
You’ve noticed that your loved one’s living arrangements no longer support their health and well-being. But how do you bring up the occasionally difficult subject of senior living?
INVOLVE FAMILY MEMBERS
Try to meet as a family before you speak to the individual. Listen to each other’s questions and concerns without creating stress for your loved one, and together you can agree on the best course of action. Ideally, you will present a consistent message to your loved one.
FRAME THE CONVERSATION AROUND YOUR CONCERNS
Telling a loved one “I’m concerned that you aren’t taking your medication” is a much better way to discuss your parent’s health than “You’ve been forgetting to take your medicine.”
LET YOUR PARENT BE THE PARENT
Involve your parent in the decision-making process, listening closely to their thoughts and feelings.
KEEP AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Bear in mind you may not reach a consensus after the first talk. Change, and leaving a home full of memories, isn’t easy. You may need to revisit the subject several times over a few weeks or months.
It’s best for everyone involved if you establish an open, comfortable dialog where the family is involved and feels at ease in discussing and making decisions about senior living options.