You recently moved your parent to an assisted living with the expectation that mom or dad would make new friends and enjoy a social life.  It’s not working.  Your parent still expects you to visit every day.  What went wrong?  Was your parent a loner or a social person before the move?  Longstanding personality habits don’t change just because the surroundings change.  If you provided daily visits before the move your parent is still going to expect to see you everyday.  It’s time to have a conversation about reasonable expectations for your visits and the expectation that your parent is to make friends and build a social network outside of family members.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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