There may come a point when you need to help your parent find a nursing home. It’s not something you look forward to, but if it’s in their best interest you must take immediate action.
But here’s the problem: even if your parent knows that they require nursing home care, they may fight back. That can quickly complicate matters as they may begin to believe you’re against them.
On the plus side, there are a variety of steps you can take to comfort a parent who needs nursing home care. Here are three things you should do:
- Have an open and honest conversation: Be clear about why they require long-term care and why a nursing home is a good idea. Sometimes, it’s the basic details that have the biggest impact.
- Involve their doctor: Your doctor can’t do all the work on your behalf, but they can provide assistance and guidance. For example, they may be able to explain at your parent’s next appointment the benefits of nursing home care. Sometimes, it’s better if the news comes from someone in addition to you.
- Talk about the benefits: Your parent will see a stay in a nursing home as a bad thing. And for that reason, they won’t pay much attention – if any – to the benefits of this transition. Talk about things such as meeting new friends, on-site entertainment, and high-quality care. The more benefits you discuss, the easier it becomes for your parent to see the good in moving into a nursing home.
You can only do so much to comfort a parent who needs nursing home care, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking action.
If you have questions or concerns about nursing home care, such as how your parent will pay for it, contact our law firm. Our legal team is here to provide you with guidance and advice.