Moving your aging parent into senior housing can be a huge step. It’s likely to make you feel sad, guilty, and overwhelmed, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips for overcoming the guilt that comes with your parent moving into senior housing:
Understand You Are Taking A Big Step
It’s easy to get caught up in your own life, but it’s important to remember that your aging parent is still human. They have feelings and thoughts and might not understand why you’re making this decision for them. It is worth explaining yourself so that they don’t feel like their independence has been taken away from them.
They may not agree with what you are doing at first, but once they get used to living in a community setting or senior housing facility and see how pleasant it is compared with their previous home environment-and especially after some time passes-they will likely come around on their own accord without any pressure from you at all!
Seek Support From Family, Friends, And Your Community
Family, friends, and your community can be essential sources of support for you. They can help you cope with the changes in your parent’s life, find resources to meet their needs, find support groups if needed, and even help you find a new place to live if necessary.
Watch For Signs Of Depression
If you notice signs of depression in your parent, don’t ignore them. Depression is treatable and can be managed with therapy and medication. If your parent is reluctant to seek help independently, encourage them to do so. You may even want to accompany them to their first appointment with a therapist or doctor if that makes your parent feel more comfortable.
In addition, feel free to talk about this issue with family members and friends who care about your aging parent and yourself! It’s important because it helps us understand each other better and gives us an outlet for our emotions when we’re feeling overwhelmed by everything happening in our lives (and let’s face it- we all have those days).
Don’t Feel You Have To Do It Alone
As you undertake the task of helping your parent make this transition, don’t feel like you have to do it alone. You can get help from friends and family members, but also consider seeking support from a community group or professional counseling. It’s important for everyone involved in the process- the caregiver and care receivers- to talk about their feelings with someone who understands what they’re going through.
Find an appropriate support group for yourself so that when things get tough again (and they will), there are people who understand what you’re going through right at hand to help lift your spirits back up again!
Get Involved With Your Community And Make New Friends
Getting involved is the best way to meet people and make friends. You can join an exercise class or take up a sport, such as a golf or tennis-it doesn’t matter what it is! The important thing is that you get out there and meet new people who will be able to understand what it’s like having an aging parent in their life. If this sounds like something that interests you but needs to be corrected for where your parent currently lives, try volunteering at a local charity instead-it’ll give them something fun to do while also helping out someone else in need!
When you’re feeling guilty, it’s important to remember that the guilt won’t go away overnight. It may take some time to get over this feeling completely. The key is to stay positive and keep moving forward with your life.