How to Move a Parent to Assisted Living

Making the decision to move a parent into assisted living is not easy and can take a long time to come to terms with. This process can be scary and overwhelming, but with the right level of care and attention to detail, you can ensure that your parent is in a positive environment and receiving all the care they need. First, start the conversation with them gently and be as honest as you can. Then, choose a care home, and if they are able, include them in the process. Next, on moving day, be as patient and understanding as you can be. Finally, once they are moved in, stay connected and visit when you can.


Start The Conversation

The hardest part of moving a parent into assisted living can often be broaching the subject with them. If your parent is still able to hold conversations and has a strong sense of connection with their home, suggesting this big change can be met with resistance and sadness. Remember to be gentle and patient and not insist in the first conversation that this is happening.

Talk to your parent about their needs. Assisted living homes, or nursing homes, are places that help elderly people get in and out of bed, eat proper meals, dress and use the bathroom. Moreover, some will help with complex needs, such as dementia care or palliative care.

Explain that this decision will involve you and the care home working together to ensure that your parent is healthy, happy and safe.


Choose The Care Home

When choosing your assisted living home, ensure that the facility offers the necessary level of care for your parent. Some homes may not have nursing staff on duty 24/7 or specialists in dementia care, for instance. A care home should offer personalized care for your parent based on their needs. 

Moreover, ensure they are a reliable and professional company and they offer high-quality care. According to Estia Health, nursing homes receiving money from the government to provide care must be accredited by The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. This is a good mark of quality, reliability and professionalism.

Bear in mind the location of the care home, if you live close to your parent and want to be able to visit. However, it is recommended not to choose solely based on proximity and disregard other aspects, such as quality of care and the home’s suitability to your parent’s needs.


Moving Day

When it comes time to move your loved one into the assisted living facility, remember that this day will be charged with emotions and doubts. Even if you are certain you are doing the right thing, it is normal to second-guess yourself for a moment. Remember that you are not alone, and many people before you have made this same decision.


Moreover, remember why you are doing this. It is all about the safety and comfort of your parent. If they are having doubts or fears, be gentle and patient. This is a big change for them, as it is a new environment, a new stage of life and, for some, a slight loss of independence. Remind them that you love them and that this is in their best interests.


Stay Connected

Once your parent is moved in and settled in their new home, you should try to keep in touch with visits, phone calls and cards and flowers. Remind your parent that they are loved and appreciated and not alone. This will also help your peace of mind and sense of duty to your family. 

A problem in the aged community is a feeling of loneliness. While the care home will introduce your parent to new friends, support systems and carers, this cannot replace a family bond. So, by staying connected, you are making their life easier and happier, and this in turn will make you feel fulfilled.


How to Move a Parent to Assisted Living 

Hopefully, this guide to moving your parent into assisted living has helped you to plan and get your head around this big life change. It can take time to make this decision and choose the perfect place for your loved one, and that is okay. The important thing is that you and your parent feel supported.


Remember to be gentle when you start the conversation about moving into assisted living and allow your parent to be involved in choosing the home, if they are able. Be kind and patient on moving day, and stay in touch once they are moved in. This will make it easier for both of you.


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