If you have a loved one who’s retired or approaching retirement age, it may be a good time to talk to them about the options they have for maintaining a safe, healthy, and independent lifestyle as they age. Of course, this can be a difficult conversation, not just for you, but for your loved one as well. At The Windham Senior Living, we want to facilitate an open and honest conversation about senior living, so here are a few tips that will help you broach this complex topic and get a productive dialogue going.
Don’t Talk about Them; Talk to Them
If you’re talking to a loved one about senior living, it’s important that you talk to them rather than talk about them. Many older people already feel like making the move to senior living is akin to being discarded, so your first conversation about this topic should help to dispel those fears. Make it clear that their concerns are being heard and noted, and that moving to a senior living facility is about ensuring they have the safety and medical support they need. The most important thing is to listen, and don’t talk about your loved one as if they weren’t in the room.
Be Sympathetic and Empathetic
When talking to a loved one about senior living, you must put yourself in their shoes if you wish to have a productive conversation. Think about how they might feel. They’re probably nervous that they’ll lose their independence, that the place they choose will be below the standards of comfort they’re used to, or that moving to a senior living community means their days of fun are over. You can gear your conversation towards addressing these types of concerns but the first step is learning to identify with the emotions your loved is feeling one so you can better understand and assuage their fears.
Take Them on a Tour of a Senior Living Community
One of the best ways to show your loved one the kind of life they could have is to take them on a tour of a senior living community. Once they see luxurious accommodations like the ones at The Windham Senior Living, some of their concerns might be alleviated. In addition, you can show them all the other perks like dining facilities that serve a variety of delicious and healthy meals, housekeeping, linen, and laundry services, planned social outings, fitness center, personalized care plans and so much more. When your loved one tours our community and sees that the old “nursing home” stereotypes aren’t true, they’ll likely be much more receptive to a conversation about making the move to senior living.
If you’d like more information about The Windham Senior Living, we’d be happy to provide it. Give us a call at (559) 399-2567 or fill out our online contact form today to request more information or to schedule a tour. Our community in Fresno, CA is one of the finest in the nation and we’d love to help you show your loved one how life at The Windham Senior Living can actually end up being a change for the better.