Tricia, thank you for reaching out to us! There are several strategies we suggest when someone you love is hesitant to go into a senior care home.
1. First, try having an open discussion with your uncle about his care needs as he ages. Allow him to express his concerns about moving into a home, and address each one as they come up. Take this time to also express your own concerns about your loved one aging in place. The home can be a dangerous place for seniors, and senior living can offer your loved one a safe environment, care supervision, and opportunities to make new friends as he ages.
2. Get your loved one’s primary care physician involved in the discussion. He/she will be able to offer an objective opinion on the subject, backed by medical training and knowledge of your loved one’s physical and mental health. And your uncle may be more willing to listen to a senior housing recommendation coming from a doctor than anyone else.
3. Talk to your uncle about considering a short-term stay in senior housing just for a week or two. This “try it before you buy it” approach will give him the chance to experience senior living without committing to a long-term situation. You may find that once he’s in the community, experiencing all they have to offer in terms of care support and socialization opportunities, your uncle’s opinion may change to be more in favor of senior housing.
4. If you have tried all of the above options and are still facing some hesitation, you may want to consider hiring a Geriatric Care Manager to assess the situation. This trained professional will be able to offer a third-party point of view that breaks down all possible options for your family and finds the best option for your uncle at this stage in his life. They will probably also point out that assisted living is more affordable than hiring 24-hour in-home care as your uncle’s care needs change over time.
Of course, if you would like more assistance from the Seniorly team, feel free to call or email us at any time. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 570-4370. Thank you!