Submitted on Wednesday April 30th, 2014
Getting your relative’s buy-in is essential before moving him or her to assisted living. That means making a round of visits to find the place that elicits a “yes!”
Lay some groundwork first.
- Prescreen every facility on your list. Have pricing, floor plan, and residents’ rules mailed to you. Better yet, pick them up, and take a preliminary tour. Draw up questions for each facility.
- Pick three facilities to visit with your relative. Try to sample a breadth of prices and styles so your loved one can compare the differences. It may help to show your favorite one last.
Clarify the purpose of the visit.
- Has your relative agreed to a move? Great. Then you are visiting to “find the place that’s right for you.”
- If your relative is still tentative, go easy. Make it clear the goal is educational, to “just look and see what’s out there.”