What to do when your elderly parent refuses to move

It is often difficult to convince your elderly parents to move to a new place, especially if they have lived in their own house. They are resistant to leaving their home and a familiar neighborhood, making it difficult for you to take care of your loved ones in the best way possible. A situation like this may hit an impasse.

Being in the home care industry for almost a decade, we have found that the following strategies can help convince your loved one to make the move. 

  1. Honest and open conversation: It is crucial to make your loved one understand why you think moving to a new place is essential. Listen to their concerns and try to understand their perspective as well. Ask them for their input and ideas in handling the situation.
  2. Consider their needs and preferences: Take your parent’s needs and preferences into consideration and try to find a solution that meets them while also addressing your concerns. For example, if your parents are hesitant to move to a nursing home, you may look into other options, such as assisted living or in-home care.
  3. Seek professional help: The best way to deal with this is to get professionals involved. Get advice from a counselor or therapist, a social worker or healthcare professional in the decision-making process. They can provide additional perspective and support.
  4. Be patient and understanding: Dealing with an uncooperative parent can be challenging, but it is crucial to remember that they are not doing it deliberately to make your life harder. Be supportive as your parents adjust to the idea of a move.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to work together to ensure your parents get the best care possible with the least inconvenience. It may take time and effort, but with patience and understanding, you can find a solution that works for you and your parents.

Additional Resources

When Elderly Parents Refuse Help – Tips to Help Communicate