Having a discussion with a loved one about moving into a nursing home or an assisted living facility can be difficult. Some people are more than willing to see the move as a new adventure, where they will encounter new friends and start a new phase of their life. Some, though, tie living independently to their dignity and self-worth. These conversations are challenging because we want to respect the person’s dignity and independence, while also balancing those considerations against the risks of our loved one living alone.
These challenges grow when we hear news about abuse at an assisted living facility. When a loved one moves into or is placed in a nursing home, the facility makes a promise to you and your loved one that it will provide care and protection for your loved one. Unfortunately, these promises are too often broken.