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It's All About Quality of Life

Having “The Talk”

Moving Your Loved one into a New Jersey Assisted Living Facility

When you finally start to seriously consider moving your loved one into assisted leaving, one of the biggest things you struggle with will be how to approach the subject. The decision to move to a new location is not always accepted mutually. Going into the unknown at this stage in life can be frustrating and unnerving. One important thing to remember is that this may very well be the best course of action for you and your loved one. You cannot be expected to be there when they might need you 24/7, and it is unlikely they would want you to sacrifice your own time and energy while trying.

Starting the Conversation

There are many benefits to moving vs. staying. Be prepared before you broach this subject with your loved one. Do your research, know what you want to say, and make sure you are as comfortable with the decision as you can be so you can feel confident when making your case.

Tips for getting started:

  • How does your loved one feel about assisted living? It might be a good idea to have a casual conversation with them about it before you start thinking about a serious discussion.
  • When you do decide to really talk about assisted living, make sure you know what you want to say and why you think it is a good idea.
  • Be sure to let your loved one have their input and discuss other options. This doesn’t have to be the only answer and they deserve to feel like this is their decision too.
  • Consider bringing in someone else that your loved one trusts, such as a sibling, physician, or spiritual leader.
  • Be prepared for multiple discussions. You can’t expect to bring this up once before starting to move. They need their own time to think about it.
  • Respite ‘short term’ stay may be an alternative solution to introduce the idea of long term assisted living.

Remember, this is for Both of You.

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