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Learning to Respect Dad's Living Arrangement Even if you Don't Agree

Senior Care in Westport, CT - Your Loved One has a Right to Choose their Level of Care

Senior Care in Westport, CTThe moment that you realized your father requires some type of senior care, he also began talking about moving in with a friend. You didn’t know this friend and he wasn’t mentioning the person’s name. Once you realized that he was talking about moving in with a woman, it might’ve caused you significant concern.

While you are not your father’s keeper, you want to make sure that he is going to be cared for properly. You don’t know his friend or her credentials. You don’t know whether she understands the difficulties and challenges that he is facing with regard to his own care.

Don’t overstep your bounds.

Even though you recognize the need for senior care services for your father, it is important that you not overstep your bounds. Your father deserves respect and he may not believe or understand that he requires a professional caregiver.

Even if he understands your concerns but doesn’t want to hire senior care, you cannot force him to do so. As a result, you need to understand where the boundaries are with regard to senior care services and your desire for him to hire some.

If you are concerned about his well-being and safety, speak to him directly about this. He may be talking about moving in with a friend and whether it is for a relationship or just because they are too similarly aged individuals who share certain interests, when you talk to him about your concerns, he may be willing to address them and explain why this situation is going to benefit him as well as his friend.


Once you talk to your father, you want to make sure that you sit back and listen to what he has to say about the situation. Too often we have a tendency to get caught up in being right that we fail to listen to what the other individual is saying.

Make sure that you take the time and make the effort to listen to what your father is saying. He may be lonely and feels that moving in with a friend will help in that regard. He may understand that he has some trouble with certain aspects of his own basic care, and he may have a plan with this friend to address those things.

When you listen and you respect your father’s wishes and desires, regardless of whether he needs senior care or not, you will be the best support system for him moving forward.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Westport, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at (203) 304-7303.

Jay Kiley
Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as a senior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the  five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife ,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing firsthand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family. 

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