My father can no longer live alone. Do you have any thoughts on how to talk him into moving in with me or into residential care?
Giving up independence for anyone can be a difficult process. You don’t mention your reasons specifically. Is he unable to cook or care for himself? Do you have safety concerns with your father continuing to live alone? If you have not already, I would first suggest discussing your concerns with your father’s family physician to see if home care may be an option. The continuing care department in your local community may also be a good resource for you as well as they can assess your father’s safety and provide home modifications and/or some personal care hours for him to remain safely at home, if this is his wish. If this is not an option, continuing care may also be available to assess “your” living space to identify any safety concerns that need to be remedied before your father moves in with you. The actual level of care that he requires should also be assessed at this time to ensure that your home is the appropriate place for him to move. If your father is of sound mind and is safe, he may wish to stay where he is. If this is the case, you can help by remaining supportive, researching and providing local resource options for him, etc. There are many private homecare services available as well and meal delivery services such as Meals on Wheels that may also be beneficial. I wish you luck in this journey with your father.
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