How do you talk about it?

Life is constant change. Whether you’re making the decision to move to a continuing care retirement community for yourself or someone you care about, emotions run high. That’s why communication and patience are key.

Recognize it’s emotional. Moving can mean leaving a family home, dear friends, or even a spouse. Honor those emotions.

Be an active listener. If you’re helping a loved one prepare for a move, remember no one likes to feel dictated to. Let your loved one own his/her process.  

Give yourself time. Moving to a CCRC shouldn’t be an overnight decision. Plan for it. The time from the first conversation to move-in day can take years. Make sure to consider timing when discussing moving to a retirement community.

Essential questions to consider:

  • Do you prefer to age in place? If so, what’s your plan?
  • Do you need to downsize?
  • If care is needed, how will those needs be addressed?

Helpful resources
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AARP Nursing Home Evaluation Checklist
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Leading Age National
Leading Age of Indiana
Indiana Ombudsman
Medicare and You
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Everence Financial