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April 19, 2021
No one likes to think about, much less discuss, moving to an assisted living or long-term care facility. It’s difficult for the senior, the family and even friends as they face the possibility of a substantial life change.
While each situation is different, openly discussing one’s preferences can bring peace of mind to all involved.
If you’re thinking of having this conversation with a loved one, consider the following points to facilitate a more positive and productive conversation.
Many older adults feel threatened by the prospect of losing control. Talking with them is a first step in understanding their wishes and letting them know you respect their perspective.
“The best thing families can do is talk openly about options and resources. The earlier you can start having those conversations, the better. The process takes time to work through the emotions, options and details.”
Kristen Martin, Sales Specialist and Social Worker, Meadowlark
“By having these difficult conversations, you’ll learn about your loved one’s preferences and be better equipped to honor their wishes when the time comes.”
Annie Peace, Health Services Director, Meadowlark
2121 Meadowlark Road
Manhattan, KS 66502
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