You might very well be excited that your elderly father has chosen to move into assisted living. He might be excited, too. But, what if he’s not all that excited? What if this decision was more about practicality than desire?
Is there anything you might be able to do that could help inspire more excitement and enthusiasm in him for this upcoming move? There might very well be.
Below, we have listed a few ideas that might just help encourage your father to be excited and enthusiastic about this upcoming move to one of the best elder care options available: assisted living.
Have conversations about his expectations.
You may have a number of assumptions based on some comments he has made in the past, but when it comes to any type of elder care, you don’t want to assume anything. You may think your father is completely fine with this decision, but is he feeling more resigned or even apprehensive?
A lot of people have a variety of misconceptions regarding a number of elder care topics, assisted living being one of them. Instead of clinging to those assumptions or dismissing what you may think your father is feeling, sit down and talk to him about it.
This means having a nice, long, heart-to-heart talk with him. Take him out to dinner if he is able. Or, prepare a nice, healthy home-cooked meal for him one evening. Then, together, you can both talk about what he expects his future to look like, what questions he may have about assisted living, and truly determine where his mode of thinking is at the moment.
Find out what specific activities the assisted living facility offers.
It is potentially dangerous and harmful to make assumptions about assisted living facilities, just as it is about aging seniors in our life. Not all assisted living communities are the same. Some may offer a variety of activities while another one may be limited.
Reach out to the assisted living facility your father is going to be moving to and find out what options are available for somebody like him, especially as it pertains to activity.
They might provide arts and crafts activities, opportunities to go to local parks, malls, and so forth, shuffleboard, games, exercise, and other choices for their residents.
The last thing you want to do is talk to your father about certain activities he might enjoy only for him to realize, once he moves in, is that particular community doesn’t offer them.
Once you know what the assisted living facility offers, then you can tell your dad.
Once you know exactly what the assisted living facility your father is moving to provides for their residents, then you can relay that information to him. When you do, you may just realize he will be excited about this upcoming move. First, though, he will likely have some apprehensions, especially if he has lived in the same place for a long time.
Moving can be stressful for anyone, so make sure you are patient with him during this transition.