If you're thinking about moving your parents into an assisted living community you are most likely beset with worries about their future. You'll be relieved to know you're not alone. Most adult children have the same concerns as their parents enter their golden years. Here are the most common fears about moving to an assisted living community:
Being forgotten is a major concern for the elderly, and it's important that both you and your parents know they're not being stuck in an "old folks home" where they're lose contact with their family. In fact, once your parents move to assisted living you'll find visiting is more enjoyable because you won't have to fret over their health and home maintenance being properly attended.
Loss of finances is another major concern regarding assisted living because the elderly worry that they'll run out of money and be destitute. The key to this is to sit down with the assisted living staff and determine the exact cost and then take those numbers to a financial planner who can sort out savings, insurance, and other aspects of your parents' savings and income in regards to their future expenses and cost of living.
Getting sick faster is something we all fear. Often we have preconceived ideas of what assisted living is like and think it's similar to being in a nursing home. The key to conquering this concern is to visit a few assisted living campuses and see for yourselves how the community works to keep their clients younger and healthier than the average senior citizen.
Loss of independence is a fear we all face and it grows as we age. This can be especially true for seniors who find they can't always do the things they once took for granted. Assisted living may in fact give them more independence as they won't have to worry about many everyday things such as housekeeping, food preparation, and transportation to appointments.
Losing control of daily activities and life is a worry when considering assisted living. In fact your parents will have more control as they'll retain their independence by living in their own apartment while having access to a wider variety of activities, social groups, and entertainment.
Being bored is another concern of elderly parents entering assisted living but that will be far from the truth. Besides having their own apartment where family can visit in private they'll have access to a wide range of amenities and activities and will also have the benefit of easy access to medical staff, exercise classes, and transportation to stores, appointments, and local events.
Fear of strangers taking care of them is also on the list of concerns for aging parents and perhaps the one that adult children dread the most. The fact of the matter is you can't do it all and when your parents need more care than you can give you'll both be happier with assisted living. The staff will only be strangers until you get to know them, and isn't that true about everyone we meet?