Moving a Parent or Spouse to an Assisted Living Facility

You may have asked yourself, how do I deal with moving a parent or spouse to an assisted living facility? Here are some tips for moving a loved one to a long-term care facility.

While moving a parent or spouse to an assisted living facility may be difficult, those who need help with daily activities and housekeeping may need the assistance that these type of facilities offer. However, transitioning an aging parent or spouse to an assisted living facility can be difficult, especially if you meet resistance. In addition, you may have an overwhelming sense of guilt about even bringing up the subject with your loved one.

An assisted living facility is ideal for people that need help with daily tasks, such as housekeeping, cooking, and driving to appointments. Assisted living facilities can range from individual rooms to apartment-style living.  An assisted living facility also provides 24-hour security, access to health care, and numerous amenities. Most assisted living facilities also have a community dining area and common areas for socialization and recreational activities.

Questions to Ask Yourself About Moving a Parent or Spouse to an Assisted Living Facility

  • Is your parent or spouse unable to safely reside at home?
  • Where will your aging loved one be the safest and most secure?
  • Does your loved one need more personal care services than he or she can get at home?

If your aging spouse or loved one is resistant to the idea of moving, sometimes things have to get worse to get better. Often, he or she may need the urging of family members or health care providers to accept the inevitable.

If your aging loved one doesn’t need the supervision or constant medical care provided at a nursing home offers, moving a parent or spouse to an assisted living facility may offer a more independent way of life.