Aug 04, 2016 - 07:39 AM
This sounds like a challenge, and I assume that finances are not the issue. From past experience I would suggest a soft approach. You don't mention if any family members or friends are checking in or helping with your parents daily needs. If so, you might try to leverage that as a way to sway their thinking and gain some trust. From what you describe, this may be a multi-step plan. For instance, if a family member is helping out on a regular basis, they could explain that they aren't going to be as available as they have been, but would like to get someone to take some of the tasks they have been providing. This would be a segue to having an in home caregiver start coming by. You could have the caregiver shadow the family member for a couple of visits for guidance, and to gain trust with your parents, Any success at this point would seem to be better than what is going on at the present, and would be a step towards their acceptance that help is needed. Over time, you might have a better chance of getting them to transition to a facility, just don't expect instant acceptance. Put yourself in their shoes, be patient, and try to be understanding of their feelings. Above all, try to avoid forcing things unless there is a imminent health/safety issue. Good luck, and I hope you have some success.