Estate Planning For Peace Of Mind

Tips for talking to your parents about a nursing home

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Elder Law |

You may believe that it’s time for your parents to move into a nursing home. But do they agree? This can be a difficult conversation to have, as people are often resistant to change and may feel that they are losing their freedom.

That said, it could be a health and safety issue, so this is an important conversation. Here are some tips that can help you as you go through it.

Guide the conversation without dominating it

One expert suggests that you should always go back to this simple question: “What do you think?” Even if you make a suggestion, give your parent a chance to respond and give you their input. You’re still guiding the conversation in the direction that you want, but they feel that they are also part of it.

Consider external situations

Moving into a nursing home isn’t just a health issue. You also have to consider other factors that are going to play into how open they’ll be to this idea. If both of your parents are still alive, could they ever provide assistance to one another? How much money have they saved for retirement and will they be able to afford a nursing home? Use this conversation to gather as much information as you can.

Focus on trying to help

The thing that you need to focus on is expressing that you just want what is best for your parents and that you are trying to help. Be respectful. Be empathetic. Express your concerns about their health conditions or how safe they are living on their own. This shows them that you truly care about them and think that this may be the best option for their future.

It’s a complicated time when moving a parent into a nursing home. Be sure you are aware of all of your legal options.