Talking About In Home Care with Your Loved One
Starting the conversation about senior in home care can be challenging - here's what you should know
The conversation about senior care with your loved one doesn’t have to be unpleasant or uncomfortable. While some older adults may have some misconceptions about what these services entail, if you gather all the important information and details about senior care, you can easily dispel the myth that in home care necessarily means the loss of independence.
The first step in starting the conversation is actually planning the discussion. You may want to start with informing yourself about senior care. If you need some help with this, Comfort Keepers can offer assistance by answering your questions and doubts. We can also provide advice and guidance on beginning the conversation.
Once you are ready to talk to your loved one, you should choose an adequate time and place. Opt for a day of the week when all family members are available. Similarly, select a location that can help all parties involved relax. You may want to avoid public places such as restaurants because your loved one shouldn’t feel as if they are cornered into this conversation.
To make sure that the discussion goes as smoothly as possible, it may be a good idea to choose a family member who will lead the conversation. Other family members should share their opinion as well, but it is important to have at least one member of the family who knows all there is about senior care in case someone has additional questions.
While talking about in home care, it is also vital not just to focus on the facts. Instead, show your loved one just how much you care about them and their well-being. Tell them that they are not alone and that senior care will not change your relationship. Remember that a little support can truly go a long way!