Worrying about the safety and well-being of mom or dad is a daily struggle that many middle-aged Americans face. Working full-time, taking care of children or living hours away makes it difficult to look after parents as much as they would like to. Having your parents move to an assisted living facility often seems like a promising solution as it can provide you with peace of mind and them with day-to-day care without losing their independence.
As discussed in a Wall Street Journal article, “Helping a Client’s Elderly Parents Make the Move” almost all elderly parents are initially apprehensive about leaving their home. When children are unsuccessful in having a discussion about moving with parents, it may be time to have them meet with an elder law attorney.
While stubbornness is a factor that few professionals can help you overcome, many seniors are simply concerned about making the move – they feel overwhelmed by the task of selling their home, downsizing their possessions and afraid of losing their independence. This concern may be voiced as apprehension or even a complete unwillingness to move. An elder law attorney can help ease your loved one’s fears and help make sure all of the legal and financial issues are properly addressed.