How to Talk About Assisted Living & Memory Care

Have you noticed small changes in your senior loved one’s behavior? Maybe they are having trouble dressing or taking medications. Or maybe they are becoming more and more forgetful. Would you sleep a better knowing your loved one was in a safe, comfortable environment? If so, you may want to consider talking to your loved one about memory care and assisted living. At Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living, we realize talking about transitioning into a senior living community is never easy. That’s why we compiled a list of tips to help the conversation go as smoothly as possible.

Be sympathetic

Sensitivity is key. Look at the situation from their perspective. Your loved one has spent their entire lives building memories in their home. Letting go of those memories and the home they’ve built can be difficult.

Be inclusive

Do not approach the situation as if a decision has already been made. Try to bring up memory care or assisted living as an option. Make it a light-hearted conversation. It is important your loved one feels their voice is being heard.

Be honest

It is okay to tell your loved one you’re worried about them. In fact, they will most likely appreciate the honesty. Explain the potential hazards of living alone and how assisted living communities are always able to provide assistance if something were to happen.

Be prepared

Your loved one is going to have a lot of questions. For instance, many seniors have a perception that assisted living facilities are dreary places with not much to do. Dispel that myth by showing examples of luxurious and modern residences that many memory care communities, like Beau Provence, have to offer.

Visit different communities

Finding the right memory care community is incredibly important. Help your loved one choose a community that makes them feel welcome and comfortable. Consider things like amenities, staff, and location when choosing a community.

Talking to your senior loved one about moving into assisted living or memory care does not have to be a scary conversation. Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living offers resources to help the conversation go a bit smoother. If you and your family are considering a memory care facility in the Mandeville area, consider Beau Provence. We are a state-of-the-art memory care assisted living community that provides exceptional, highly personalized care to seniors in a therapeutic environment that honors the dignity and individuality of each unique resident. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour.

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