Remember when Mom happily settled into her assisted living community, made friends and took part in every activity? Dad wants that too.
Numbers don’t lie – a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 70 percent of assisted living residents are female, and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) echoed their findings. Because of their residents, facilities sometimes tailor their activities to the interests of women only, and that can make it difficult to find a place that Dad will like.
Statistically, men live with strong senses of independence, and many make it their goal to provide for their families – but now it’s time for you to be there for him. Look at communities that offer activities in his interest and provide ways for him to get involved.
We need to understand that Dad will be Dad. Most likely, he will not be as willing to move into a care community like Mom, and that’s ok! When you sit down with him, recognize this process of aging and moving into a community designed for older members of society can be difficult, emotional and even frustrating for him. Most importantly, move forward together in this process. Assure your father that you want what’s best for him want to help him best live the latter years of his life.
Here at Onora, there’s always a place for Dad and we can help ensure that the most important man in your life has a loving and caring future.