My parents don’t want to leave their home but they can’t live alone anymore. How can I get them to understand they need help?

It may be time to have a family meeting. Gently explain your concerns. We suggest that family members start a preliminary search to find suitable communities. Schedule a tour to go visit them and narrow down your search to just a couple you think they will like. When they are ready, bring them by for their own visit. Most communities will invite them to spend the day, enjoy a meal or on-site activity, and meet other residents. Many places even offer what is referred to as ‘respite care’ where potential residents can stay for a month or so without any further commitment to see if they like it before making a long-term decision. Giving up one’s independence is difficult. It won’t be easy, but by easing them into the idea, hopefully they won’t feel pressured.