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Starting the Conversation

Starting the Conversation

Is it time to consider a move to a senior living community? If so, here are some tips on starting the conversation with your loved one.

The place we call home is so much more than an address. It’s part of who we are. Understanding this connection is important when discussing a move to a senior living community with your loved one.

While these conversations may not be easy, it’s best to start early, maintain your sense of compassion and keep the lines of communication open. Doing so helps avoid being faced with making this very important decision in an emergency situation.

With the right guidance, your loved one can join other American House residents in finding a place they’ll be happy to call home.

Do Your Research

Prior to starting the conversation, research care options and local communities to see what’s available. Check out community reviews, visit senior living resources or contact local senior organizations to help you get started.

Open Communication with Family

Be sure to include close family members and/or siblings in this process. Consider talking to your loved one individually, then plan a family dinner to have the conversation as a group.

Listen and Reassure

Be sensitive and empathetic to your loved one and, most importantly, listen to them. Allow them to communicate how they feel and offer reassurance. If your loved one does not want to make the move, take this as an opportunity to address any concerns and talk about the benefits of senior living.

A woman and her senior citizen father having a conversation on a couch

Keep the Discussion Going

Revisit the topic of senior living often and understand it can take time. It’s important not to hesitate on the initial conversation so you’re not left rushing your loved one into making a big decision if there’s an emergency.

Visit Several Communities

Schedule tours at local communities so your loved one can see a “day in the life” at a senior living community. Enjoy a meal, attend an event or speak with current residents to get a feel for the community. Make sure your loved one is involved in the process and has the opportunity to weigh in on the choices. What community did they like? What amenities and services do they want?

Life at American House

Our residents often find that relocating to a senior community was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.

Today’s communities offer beautifully designed apartments with spacious floor plans, resort-style accommodations and a number of social and wellness activities. The safety and security of a senior living community can also offer peace of mind.

At American House, we believe the engagement of the mind, body and spirit provides a lifestyle that is interesting, fulfilling and rewarding. It gives our residents the opportunity to focus on their overall well-being—in a place where happiness and wellness matter.

Our charming communities feature spacious apartments and a variety of amenities and services. Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, weekly housekeeping, salon and barber shop services, fitness centers and so much more. With locations in Florida, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio and Tennessee, you’re sure to find the proper level of care and services to fit your needs.

We offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care,* Respite Care and Coordination of Hospice Care.*

Contact us to find out which American House community is right for you.

* Care provided by an independent, third-party health care provider at select communities.