Convincing Your Parents To Move Into Assisted Living

As we get older, living independently can get harder. If your parents are beginning to struggle, it can be very difficult for both you and them. An assisted living facility can be the safest place for them to be, but elderly people won’t always like the idea of this. They might worry about losing independence or dignity, especially if they are already using an all-terrain mobility scooter, but you can help them to feel better about the idea.

 

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First, approach the topic in the right way. Don’t bring it up as though you have already made the decision for them. Instead, mention that there might be some options available to make their life easier and more fun. 

 

Some spend time together researching assisted living centers like Aegis Living. Offer to take your parents for a visit to see what they like and don’t like about the options nearby. If they’re willing to go, this is great, but don’t push the subject if they’re not. Drop the subject and try again another day.  

 

Use a teachable moment to encourage. If one of your parents has had a fall or is beginning to struggle with tasks like cooking or getting dressed, use this to gently raise the subject again. Point out how lucky they are that it wasn’t a bigger issue, and ask what they would do if things got worse or they were hurt in an accident. Don’t frighten them, but encourage them to consider who would look after them. This might encourage them to reconsider thinking about living somewhere where they would have access to more help. Go gentle, but a reality check could be a big help. 

 

Try not to push too hard. While it’s important to get them the help they need, pushing too hard will have the opposite effect. Pick your moments. For example, if your mother is complaining that they don’t see their friends as often, or your father is unhappy with managing the garden at home, use this to gently broach the subject. This can help them to feel they are making this decision themselves and for the right reasons. If they’re in control, the process will be much smoother. 

 

Ask your friends to see if anyone you know has an elderly relative who is doing well in a local assisted living community. Do your parents have friends who have already made the move themselves? Get these people to talk to your parents and tell them about the good parts of these communities. They can discuss their worries with someone who understands and can better put their minds at ease. Knowing someone in the facility can help too, as they will already know someone and find it much easier to make friends when they arrive. 

 

If you can’t find a facility where they will already know someone, find somewhere that offers the sort of activities they enjoy. If they can settle in and get to know the other residents through cards, dance classes or a gardening club, they’re sure to settle in much faster.

Making An Individual Contribution To Fighting The Climate Crisis

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With a deepening climate crisis, it is becoming ever more clear that we need to be taking much better care over our environment. Whether the focus for doing this should be on governments, businesses, or the individual may be something that world leaders cannot seem to reach a consensus on, but it does remain that we should all be doing something. And instead of waiting around for governments to tell you what you need to be doing, we should all be taking decisive action right now to reduce our impact on the planet. After, it is the only one that we have. 

 

Here are some areas in which you should consider making improvements in your life. 

 

Water Conservation

 

While 70% of the planet may be covered by water, most of this is not drinkable. In fact, there is less and less drinking water available and many countries are facing a crisis point. Some areas of South Africa recently came very near to having to permanently turn off their municipal water supply because of a lack of water. Fortunately, citizens got behind water conservation measures and reversed the trend. However, it is still estimated that with the next five years two billion people will be without clean sanitary water that they can live off 

 

Our clean water supplies are getting used up in a number of different areas. Many industries such as agriculture will use vast amounts of water in production, and across the globe individuals often treat water as an infinite resource, which it is not. 

 

Reducing your water consumption is something that you can do to help the environment. This starts by not flushing the toilet as often, not leaving taps running, having showers instead of baths, and not using a hose to water your garden. You could look at getting Team Poly water butts to collect rainwater which could be used for flushing toilets and watering your garden. Making good use of natures water delivery system takes the pressure off the valuable water reserves that we all so vitally need. 

 

Switch To A Green Energy Provider

 

With many major power companies still burning fossil fuels to create the power for our homes, it is clear that this is an area that needs improving. While you may not have the power to change this as an individual, if enough people start to switch to green suppliers, this will push the major power providers to change the way that they do business or face extinction. 

 

There are many great green energy suppliers out there, many of whom are great with respects to the way that they manage their customers and run their businesses. Check out the credentials of a few operating in your area, compare their prices and services and ditch the smog-producing power companies that we just don’t need in society anymore. 

 

Then, look for ways that you can improve and reduce your own energy consumption by switching off unnecessary appliances and lights when you are not using them.

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