What to Do After Talking to a Loved One About Senior Living

You likely feel relieved once you’ve finished talking to a loved one about senior living. All the nervousness and anticipation for the conversation are now behind you. Although you’ve made progress thus far, the journey is just beginning.

There are a few items of business to handle before you start packing boxes and arranging the moving company. Although you’ve introduced the subject, the conversation about senior living isn’t over. It’s vital to keep communication open, acknowledge all parties’ feelings, and come together to make the best decision for your family.


What’s Next?

You’ve learned tips on initiating the conversation, prepared for it, participated, and took a deep breath. What happens now? Although every situation is different, the following pointers can benefit you and your family, regardless of where you are in the process:

Don’t Set It and Forget It

Life-altering decisions require continued communication. If your parents or children weren’t initially receptive to senior living, more discussions must occur until everyone is on the same page.

Conversely, if everyone agrees, there are still topics to discuss, such as which communities to tour, a reasonable timeline, and deciding the next steps for the family home. It also typically takes several conversations with siblings, friends, and trusted advisors to grow more comfortable and confident.

Focus on the Positives

Positivity is powerful, especially when dealing with a sensitive topic like moving to a senior living community. Whether you’re an older adult reassuring your children or an adult child encouraging your parents, be mindful of your attitude.

Instead of focusing on what you or a loved one will no longer be able to do – like maintaining a home or driving a car – emphasize the benefits of a senior living environment. At Sundale Senior Living, we offer the following amenities and programs that contribute to a thriving retirement:

  • Three nutritious, chef-inspired meals daily
  • Apartment-style living
  • Beautifully maintained outdoor courtyards
  • Newly renovated shared spaces
  • Various engaging programs
  • Group outings
  • And more.

Tour Communities

Wherever you fall in the journey to senior living, an important step is to tour communities in your area. Although some offer virtual tours, the best way to experience the atmosphere of senior living communities is to visit them in person.

As family members and friends tour communities, they must know what their loved one wants and make certain the top three choices reflect their needs. Once you agree on the best options, invite your parents or loved ones to visit them with you. Ask them which community they like best and ensure it suits their needs and expectations.

Create a Plan

You’ve likely heard of SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. When working toward an aspiration or achievement, you break the process into sizable chunks, making it easier to grasp and accomplish. The same idea applies to what happens after talking to a loved one about senior living.

Rather than viewing the process as daunting, separate it into several steps to keep the momentum going. For example, when determining which community is best for you or your loved one, create a plan to write down the pros and cons of Community A on Monday, Community B on Tuesday, and Community C on Wednesday. Then, plan to review your notes with your family on Thursday.

Because the process is emotional, give yourself grace if you don’t finish a particular action item when you originally planned. Ensure you update your family on each step and how you feel.

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Sundale Senior Living Makes the Transition Seamless

At Sundale Senior Living, we understand feeling unsure of what to do after talking to a loved one about senior living. Our compassionate team is here to help you navigate the next steps and make the transition as seamless as possible.

You don’t have to go through the process alone. We’re here for you every step of the way. Give us a call today to learn more about our assisted living in Huntsville, TX, and how we can help.

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The Lexington Center staff are very friendly to everyone who comes in. You can tell immediately that they love the residents because they love what they do. There is always just “happy” noise in the atmosphere. The community has beautiful, Southern Plantation decor and architecture. The rooms are spacious and the common areas are beautiful as well with lots of windows and feels open with lots of sunshine!


Lorri Vickers

It’s a really great place to work at. The staff are really joyful to work with everyone works as a team and gets along great with each other. The main reason I work there is because the residents are so happy there you can tell they really enjoy the community and how well thay are looked after by the nursing staff we all go the extra mile to make them feel right at home.


Karen Clarke, Employee

When I moved here, I didn’t know what to expect since I’d never lived anywhere but home. From the very start, I felt nothing but absolute concern and interest in my health and well-being. There has never been anytime that I’ve doubted I was in the right place.


Mike Marrow, Sundale Resident

The staff and administration at Sundale are simply outstanding. I feel so blessed to be here with such caring people.


Vicky Taylor, Sundale Resident

I have been so impressed by the compassion and care the staff has for residents. The relationships are truly that of family. I can’t imagine a better place for late in life care.


Kendra Berry

Sundale Makes Assisted Living Services in Texas Hassle-Free

At Sundale Senior Living, we aim to smooth the transition to assisted living. When you visit our renovated community for an in-person tour, we’ll answer all your questions and ensure you feel welcomed and comfortable.

We offer senior respite care in Huntsville, TX, if you or your loved one is unsure whether assisted living is the right fit. All individuals in respite stay enjoy the same amenities and engaging programs as full-time residents – without the commitment.

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  • A resident of Sundale Senior Living in Huntsville, TX, takes a stroll on the many walking paths
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  • A resident of Sundale Senior Living in Huntsville, TX, holding her dog while receiving a cold glass of lemonade beneath the outdoor veranda

If you’re interested in an in-person tour or learning more about moving to a senior living community, we’re here to help. Call us today to learn more about assisted living in Huntsville, Texas.