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Understand the Role of Emotions

Moving is always a somewhat emotional process, but moving a parent or loved one into an independent living community, assisted living facility or nursing home can be particularly taxing emotionally. During this process, it is important to try to manage your emotions and understand the emotions that your parents are likely feeling.

Many individuals feel a sense of guilt when encouraging their parents to downsize or move into a senior care facility. Try to combat these feelings by realizing that you are doing the best thing you can to ensure the safety and well-being of your parents. Aging is a natural part of life. Someday, your own children may be assisting you. Seek emotional support from siblings and others who have experienced what you are going through. At the same time, try to recognize why your parents may be resisting your efforts and sympathize with them as they come to terms with transitioning into a new phase of life. Help them understand the benefits of downsizing or moving to a location where senior care is more accessible. Being sympathetic and understanding towards your parents while managing your own emotions is an imperative part of making their transition to senior living as smooth as possible.