Five Reasons Families Delay Moving Their Loved Ones into Assisted Living

January 10th, 2017 by John Wilson

Sometimes, people know what needs to be done but have a difficult time following through. Case in point: Moving an aging loved one from his or her own home into an assisted living center in OKC. The dynamic in every family is different, but there are five common reasons families procrastinate about transitioning a loved one from living alone to living in assisted living.

Reason One: Which Facility Is the Best Fit

Indecision is a common reason for delaying any major decision. It’s understandable to want to make sure you’re making the best choice for your loved one, but when your loved one’s quality of life is poor or his safety is at risk, it’s important to make a decision. Visiting several centers over the course of a week or a month can help narrow the options and identify the right choice.

Reason Two: Concerns about Cost

Unquestionably, worries about paying for assisted living is a common reason for delaying the move. Often, families begin researching Oklahoma assisted living centers but give up because they believe they simply can’t afford it. Actually, affordable assisted living in Oklahoma City is definitely available. People often don’t realize the cost of senior living is typically all-inclusive and includes meals and housekeeping. Not having to pay for those essentials can make the price far more reasonable.

Enjoy the benefits of living in an assisted living center.

An assisted living center can offer many benefits.

Reason Three: Geographic Distance Complicates the Issue

When the senior in question lives far from those who are charged with his care, it’s much tougher, logistically, to choose a facility and plan and orchestrate a move. When this is the case, it’s helpful to assemble a team of people who care about the person in question, including people who live near him, even if they’re not relatives. Church friends, neighbors and care providers can be great resources. Eventually, if you oversee a senior’s care, you’ll need to visit and stay long enough to visit senior facilities, choose one and create a plan and a schedule for the move.

Reason Four: Worries the Loved One “Isn’t Ready”

If a senior is adamant he does not want to move to an assisted living center, it’s understandable loved ones procrastinate. Trying to work with someone who’s hostile isn’t pleasant. Fear often stems from unfamiliarity. Try to chip away at the senior’s resistance by stressing all of the positive things senior living has in store.

Reason Five: Reluctance to Bring Up the Topic With the Loved One

Sometimes not knowing how a senior feels about the idea of moving to assisted living causes caregivers to delay bringing up the topic. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn a senior is tired of feeling socially isolated or struggling with everyday tasks. He may actually welcome the idea of a change!

If you have been delaying moving your loved one into assisted living, we encourage you to contact us at Village at Oakwood. We were OKC’s first affordable assisted living center, and we are definitely one of the best facilities you’ll find. Our team is compassionate and caring, and we would love to take care of the one you love!


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