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Aging Parents: Consider Senior Housing Options Before a Crisis 

Eldercare Specialist Stella Henry, R.N. and author of The Eldercare Handbook, observes that many seniors are unrealistic about their ability to maintain the old homestead and would prefer to avoid all discussion about the inevitabilities of aging.

 

 
 
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Published:  November 01, 2010
 
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Slide 1: Aging Parents: Consider Senior Housing Options Before a Crisis
Slide 2: Delicate Conversations • • • • Mom or Dad may insist they’re not moving Initiate the sometimes delicate and often difficult discussion Best time to evaluate options is before a crisis occurs Parent can participate in the evaluation and decision-making process in relation to the merits of independent or assisted living
Slide 3: When and How to Broach the Conversation • Eldercare specialist Stella Henry, R.N., author of The Eldercare Handbook: – Many seniors are unrealistic about their ability to maintain their homes – Prefer to avoid all discussion about the inevitabilities of aging – 95% of her clients come to her in crisis situations – Results in a confused elder, disorganized children and a family in chaos – Talk with care and sincerity – Gently suggest a visit to a friend who has made the transition – Have lunch at a nearby facility – Back off but don’t give up in the face of resistance – Call ahead for an appointment with the administrator or social worker – Visit during mealtime or during an activity
Slide 4: Form a Team • • • • Present a united front Enlist the help of respected physicians and counselors Professionals can underscore family’s concerns Help senior envision different scenarios or present the benefits • Who is best to serve as durable power of attorney for critical healthcare decisions?
Slide 5: All’s Well That Ends Well • Once the move is made the elder is usually safer and happier • It takes courage and determination • Children are rewarded when they see a parent flourishing in a new environment
Slide 6: SeniorHomes.com • Information in this presentation provided by senior care writer Leslee Jaquette • SeniorHomes.com is a free resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services • Visit http://www.seniorhomes.com for more information on senior housing

   
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