How To Start The Discussion About At Home Senior Care With Your Parent
Listening to your senior loved one’s needs and concerns can help make the discussion of hiring an at home senior care provider easier
Hiring a caregiver is one of the best things you can do for your loved one as their physical and mental abilities start to decline. While at home senior care can elevate your parent's independence and quality of life, you may find it difficult to convince your loved one that professional care at home is indeed the perfect solution for their needs. Here's what you should do so that your loved one would accept home care.
Look at the Situation from Your Parent's Point of View
For you, hiring a professional caregiver seems like a smart decision, one that can help your loved one remain safely at home for much longer. However, for your parent, this may seem like the end of independent life as they know it. Keep in mind that coming to terms with age-related changes and challenges is not easy. That is why you need to approach your loved one with lots of love and compassion, showing them how much you care and that you understand their concerns.
Choose a Setting that Works for Everyone
The conversation about at home senior care can be a difficult one for the entire family. Before you talk to your loved one about care in person, you may want to consider speaking with other family members so that you would come to an agreement before presenting the idea to your parent. To make sure the discussion goes as smoothly as possible, you need to choose a time and date that works for everyone who is involved in the matter. This means opting for a location where you are all comfortable and have a lot of privacy as well as selecting a time when all family members are available and relaxed, such as on a weekend.
Listen to What Your Loved One Is Saying
You know that at home senior care can only improve your loved one's well-being, but it is important to let them speak and listen to what they think about it. By allowing them to freely voice their opinion, you are not just showing them that you care about their happiness but that you truly want to find a solution they will be satisfied with. You can write down what your loved one is saying so that you could know what details to pay attention when the time comes to develop a care plan for them.
Let Your Parent Be in Control
As the conversation comes to an end and the time comes to make the first step toward starting at home senior care, make sure that your loved one is as involved in the decision-making process as much as possible, especially when it comes to the development of their care plan and establishment of a care schedule. They need to be in control of their care so that they could truly accept it and reap all the benefits it brings. And when a caregiver begins visiting their home, check up on them often to be sure that they are in control of their care and satisfied with the care they receive.
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