I had a caller on Parenting Your Parents today, my weekly radio program today ask how he could approach his mother about moving to assisted living. He and his wife have been caring for her for years and it’s getting to the point of difficulty. Sure it’s difficult to let your parent know you just can’t be the caregivers anymore, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But there comes a time when the conversation is necessary. The approach can begin with how much you’ve enjoyed doing everything that you’ve done, medical appointments, errands, setting up home care, filling their prescription containers etc. but that you feel it’s necessary to begin looking at communities. It’s time for you to be the parent for your parent because eventually their care will likely exceed what you can provide and it’s best to be prepared for when this occurs than rushing to find a location to move your mother in the midst of a crises.

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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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