Thinking about talking to an aging parent about assisted living can be difficult, emotional, and at times scary.

But It’s Easier Than You Think

Getting started with these conversations can be easier than you may think, and taking the time to understand what matters to your parent can be a big help down the road.

On the other hand, putting off the subject can lead to frustrating misunderstandings and last-minute decisions. There are many advantages to assisted living, and proactively searching for the right fit can be very beneficial for everyone involved.

So Where Do You Begin?

Before you initiate the conversation about assisted living, it’s important that you do your homework so you’re problem-solving with your parent, not dictating the solution or convincing through arguments.

Exploring the options and learning more about assisted living can give you the confidence and credibility you need to begin this conversation.

Tip Sheet for How to Have “The Talk”

Use this tip sheet to make sure you’re prepared to be as helpful as possible for the conversation and decisions ahead. It explores:

  • What information you should have on hand before the conversation
  • Suggestions for how to test the waters
  • Conversation starters
  • How to be an advocate
  • Tips for reflexive listening

Download it, print it out, and use these tips to begin conversations with a parent about the future.

Even if you follow all these tips, your conversations might not go as planned. That’s OK. It’s about getting it right in the end, not winning an argument right now. So don’t give up. Give your parent time to process, and let them know you love them and want them to be happy, healthy, and safe.

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