One of the trickier situations to deal with when you are trying to make changes to a senior’s home or living arrangements, is convincing family members that there is a need for change. Denial about parent’s aging is very powerful and a lot of people do not want to face the facts. However, there are ways to deal with it and get the changes you and your parents need.
Share information. There is a lot of information on the web and from local specialists about the changes that might be required and why they are required. If people understand for example, the increased risk from falls as people age and the implications of such falls, then they will be more open to the idea that changes are required. Nobody likes change but understanding that without some early and easy modifications greater problems could arise, is the first step in ensuring that those risks do not happen.
Meet with an expert. Sitting down with a doctor, physiotherapist or anyone who has expertise in aging and the risks involved can take the heat off of you and allow the person in denial to hear it from a trusted source. This takes the confrontation out of the matter and professionals have been trained in the way to best explain the issues without causing undue stress.