“What Do You Value” Mind Map: Preserving Control When It’s Time To Move

What Do You Value Mind Map:  Summary

Helping aging parents consider a change in living accommodations is a delicate process.  Before offering unwanted advice about where to live, adult children should first undertake a compassionate assessment of the losses and potential gains of this emotional transition.  There is a deep fear of loss of control that must be appreciated and accommodated.  That is why we created the What Do You Value Mind Map

The What Do You Value Mind Map offers families a one page diagram of the values that represent and sustain control in living accommodations. Once completed, it helps families with changes in living accommodations in four ways:



  1. It reduces the burden and risk of not knowing the big picture.  The What Do You Value Mind Map provides an overview of critical choices that need to be addressed in a new living environment.  Many times this information is fuzzy, incomplete or only known by a few. 
  2. It reduces the burden of caregiving handoffs.  The What Do You Value Mind Map offers a quick reference guide for other family members who want to lend a hand with screening, setting up, or other tasks.  It is especially helpful for coordinating last minute change of plans.
  3. It reduces the burden of integrating home front information.  The What Do You Value Mind Map serves as an information hub for organizing and sharing living accommodations updates for the family and other participants on the caregiving team.
  4. It reduces the burden of orchestrating a living accommodation crisis. The What Do You Value Mind Map becomes an invaluable resource for coordinating a response to complications in the transition to a new living space.


How to use the What Do You Value Mind Map

  1. Prompt for a conversation about the current living environment.  What are the important features of where they live now?  Which ones can be preserved with finding new living accommodation?  Which ones will be lost? 
  2. Prompt for a conversation about new living environment options.  While there is aways loss regarding where you’re coming from, there are also new control gains that should not be overlooked or minimized.  What are they and how will they enhance control in new ways
  3. Assessment tool for identifying areas of motivation for change.  The change status of older adults undergoes a shit as aging in place becomes more demanding and complicated.  Simply discussing a possible relocation might look like helps aging parents reconsider the big picture based on their evolving needs.  Comments like “this is getting to be too much” or “we can’t go on like this much longer” suggest that there is motivation shift towards changing living accommodations.
  4. Management tool for mobilizing motivation for change.  When there are clear signs that it’s time for a change, the mind map helps define the features of that the new residence should have.  

Click here to learn more about David Solie’s Mind Maps for Caregivers


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