1. Effective Strategies for Introducing Assisted Living to Aging Parents Lynn Smargis 24:10

Caring for Your Aging Parents

Season 01 Episode 17

Effective Strategies for Introducing Assisted Living to Aging Parents


Ever found yourself at a loss for words when discussing the topic of assisted living with your aging parents? I’m here to guide you through these complex conversations. Together, we’ll navigate the often challenging path of discussing elder care, all wrapped up in my personal insights from my own journey of caring for my terminally ill parents.


Key Components to Discuss Assisted Living Transitions for Your Senior Parents


Empathy, patience, and open communication are key in these discussions, and we’ll delve into how to make your loved ones feel empowered in their decision-making process. We’ll discuss the transition from home to assisted living or independent living communities, not as a way of shirking responsibilities, but as a means to ensure the safety and well-being of your loved ones. Furthermore, we’ll explore effective communication within caregiving, namely the importance of using “I” statements and asking open-ended questions to express genuine concern. I’ll share invaluable advice on how to introduce your parents to the idea of assisted living, from touring communities to engaging them in activities with potential future neighbors.


The Importance of Understanding Your Elderly Parents Concerns


This episode is the beginning of a journey that we’ll take together, demystifying the world of elder care and providing you with the tools you need to support your loved ones. Navigating these conversations can be challenging. That’s why we devote time to discussing the importance of empathy, patience, and involving all family members in these decisions. 


I encourage you to understand your elderly loved one’s fears and concerns so you can incorporate those feelings into your discussions about the future. Get tips on how to include trusted friends or family members in these conversations, and learn how to foster open communication that empowers your loved ones in their decision-making process.


(00:01) Aging Parents’ Care Tech Solutions

(00:01) Talking to Aging Parents in Assisted Living

(06:34) Having the Conversation About Assisted Living

(10:37) Fostering Independence and Discussing Senior Care

(18:01) Effective Communication in Caregiving


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Lynn Smargis Senior Care Advisor

Having owned five businesses - all in different verticals - I've learned what works and what doesn't work as a solo entrepreneur. I'm passionate about creating productions and processes to build and construct the lifestyle which leaves me fulfilled.

As a senior care advisor, I work with families to streamline the care process so the family members have time to spend with their loved ones with the focus of making memories - and leave the work of researching and understanding senior care options to me.

My service commitment is to be by your side every step of the way. I am a certified Senior Advisor and Dementia Practitioner who has vetted communities and residences of senior care facilities - meeting the staff, residents, and family members who have experienced these environments.

Whether your elderly family members need Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, or Skilled Nursing, I have the knowledge and experience to help you find the best fit for the level of care your mom or dad may need today and into the future.

Splitting my time between my home in Olympia, Washington, and my olive farm in McMinnville Oregon, when I'm not working with families, I enjoy building experimental aircraft, farming and gardening, playing with my two dogs Minnow and Lily, snuggling cats Hemmingway and Jack, writing, podcasting, traveling, painting, reading, mediation, reading tarot, studying Buddhism, and experiencing the mental health benefits of being outdoors.