Tips from the Team at Wesley Enhanced Living
Very few of us like to admit we are aging, especially if we are young at heart. For many, the idea of growing old is hard to accept, until illness or injury occurs. Then, almost overnight, they find themselves tiring out quicker than before when they play with their grandkids. Father Time has a way of reminding us that we age every day. Sometimes when we see our parents moving slower or needing additional help, we wonder if they should consider moving to a retirement community.
Broaching the subject often leads to a variety of objections from your mom or dad. While you may believe that this is a sensible move, your loved one may feel differently. At Wesley Enhanced Living’s continuing care retirement communities (CCRC), we think the best years of your senior’s life are right now. There is no time like the present to make a move. Get the best value from retired living and enjoy the pampering!
Tips to Overcome Mom and Dad’s Hesitancy to Move to a Retirement Community
It is a better idea to plan on making a move to a continuing care retirement community now before it becomes a necessity. Help your loved one decide by preparing for these common objections:
- Refusing to Accept Aging and Mortality: While age is just a number, it is also an indication of what to expect next. We tire easier. We do not see nor hear as well as did in younger days. For those with lots of energy, they may refuse to accept that their years are catching up to them. Encourage your loved one to realize that growing old is just part of life. It does not show defeat if they move their living quarters to a CCRC.
- Misconceptions about the Activity Levels of Seniors at CCRCs: Unfortunately, your parent may have a picture of old people sitting around a black and white TV from the 1950s when they consider a retirement home. The opposite is the case. Many communities offer a plethora of activities to keep them busy and make new friends. Take your mom or dad to visit a few of these places and talk with residents. They can get a better feel for what retirement can look like for them.
- Concerns about Paying for a Retirement Community: The price tag can be a severe sticking point for many parents. They may worry that they cannot afford to move and then they will be without a home. Encouraging your senior to consider what it costs them to live in their house, including the upkeep and maintenance, can go a long way to revealing that they can afford to move.
Objections End and Life Begins at Wesley Enhanced Living
Overcome your loved one’s objections and show them that now is the best time to enjoy life. At Wesley Enhanced Living, we offer our residents value and opportunities to grow mentally, physically, and socially by embracing retirement living.
Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love where they live. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own, give you a tour and inform you of our range of services.