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How to Convince Your Parents to Move to a Retirement Home

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We know that it is an uncomfortable conversation to have

Convincing your parents to move into an assisted living or retirement home can be challenging and stressful—especially if you’re their primary caregiver and they don’t want to move. While their resistance is understandable (many seniors prefer to age in place), it’s not always in their best interest for them to continue living at home. Many families opt for assisted living in Brampton because it allows seniors to live their best life and gives them access to numerous programs, activities, and experiences that they would have otherwise missed out on. Keep reading for some helpful tips on how to convince your parents that assisted living is the right choice for them.

Give Them Time to Think About It

Unless your parents have given you power of attorney and are unable to make sound life decisions, the choice of moving into an assisted living environment or staying at home is completely up to them. You need to understand that this decision doesn’t come lightly to anyone. After all, they’ve been used to living independently all their lives that the thought of suddenly living somewhere else can be daunting. Give them enough time to weigh the pros and cons of senior living in Brampton, so that they can ultimately make the right decision to suit their needs.

Let Your Parents Maintain Control of Their Lives

The best way to make an informed decision is to have all of the facts. It’s your job to present your parents with all of the information they need to make the right decision. However, that’s where your responsibility ends. Don’t try to coerce them into making the decision that’s best or easiest for you. They’ll just feel like you’re trying to force them to do something they don’t want to do even if you have their best interest at heart and this will put a strain on your relationship. At the end of the day, whether or not your parents choose to go with assisted living is completely up to them. If they do decide that’s the route they want to take, then let them choose the community they want to live in.

Work Closely with the Retirement Home Staff

Retirement home workers have a vast and valuable experience taking care of people of all backgrounds and with various medical, physical, and mental needs. Use that to your advantage and don’t hesitate to ask for advice or assistance whenever you need it. Whatever it is you and your family are going through, they’ve probably dealt with it many times before and they know how to handle it. Explain your situation to the retirement home staff, so that they can help you and your family find the most fitting solution for your parents.

Explain the Social Benefits of Retirement Living

Loneliness is a big problem for many seniors living at home. Oftentimes, they can’t drive and they feel neglected by their family members who may not have time to visit them every day. Assisted living communities offer a solution to that problem by providing them with a variety of social activities that they can participate in on a daily basis. 

Bramalea Retirement Residence is a senior housing community in Brampton. Our residents are given everything they need to maintain their independence and overall quality of life, while also getting the medical, emotional, and physical support they need. Contact us today to learn more!