The majority of baby boomers – two-thirds – said they would be likely to move an aging loved one to a senior living community, according to a recent survey commissioned by Holiday Retirement. These baby boomers cited several factors as highly or somewhat influential when considering senior living as an option for a loved one, including these three:
- He/she has fallen at home and needs more around-the-clock supervision: 46%
- He/she is no longer eating well: 39%
- He/she is unable to keep up with his/her house/yard work: 36%
However, a potential move isn’t without its concerns. Here are some resources to avoid misconceptions and concerns about senior living.
Overcoming misconceptions: 7 concerns about senior living to erase from your mind
With every move comes concerns and apprehension, whether moving out of your parents’ house for the first time, or to a brand new city for a new career opportunity. And it’s no different for seniors moving to a retirement community. In this free e-book, Holiday Retirement explores the top seven concerns expressed by baby boomers, explains common misconceptions, and offers tips to calm fears.
Put your loved ones at ease: 5 tips to alleviate their concerns during a move to a retirement community
Are you looking into senior living options for your parents or senior loved ones? Keep them involved in the entire experience, from researching senior living communities, to choosing the perfect place to call home, to making the most of moving day, to have a much more gratifying experience. The checklist explains how.
Five myths about senior living that shouldn’t send you running
Some of the most common myths about senior living communities are used to formulate opinions about these senior living options. Download the e-book to learn about five myths – and their truths – when it comes to retirement living.
Ease your loved one’s concerns with these 5 tips:
Tip #1 Involve your aging loved one in the process of researching senior living communities
Going through the process of finding the right senior living community is similar to house hunting. It can be emotional, and should always actively involve the people who will call this new community home.
Tip #2 Make your loved one’s new place feel like home.
Can you picture your dad’s favorite arm chair in the living room? How about your mom’s beloved framed pictures in the dining room? When helping your loved one move into a retirement community, bring these cherished mementos to make the new place feel like home.
Tip #3 Find out what matters most to your aging loved one in a new home.
Everyone has things they can’t live without. Ask your loved one about his or her “deal breakers.” Does your loved one have to be on the first floor? Is having an extra bedroom for visitors a high priority? Keep these wants and needs in mind when researching and touring retirement communities.
Tip #4 Be an active participant when searching for retirement communities.
Making the decision to move is not one to be taken lightly. Your ongoing support and active participation in the process can ease your loved one’s apprehension.
Tip #5 Talk positively about the move with your loved one.
Moving into a retirement community is an emotional experience that may leave your loved one feeling anxious. It’s important to speak positively about the moving process and remind your loved one of the benefits the retirement community will offer.