Worrying about an aging parent is never easy. When they begin showing signs of their age, calling you for help with certain tasks, or admitting they’ve slipped and fallen in the past, you begin worrying about their safety. You want them to be safe, but you also want them to enjoy life.
Home care options are the best for any senior.
It’s not always easy, though, to help convince an elderly parent to consider these options. They may have certain preconceived notions about home care aides and other services. They may have thought, without really thinking about it, that an adult child or other family member would be the one to take care of them.
When people are resistant, they are not open to the true benefits. That’s why it becomes essential to help an elderly parent transition from being independent to relying on help to relying on outside assistance. At first, this elderly parent is not going to have any relationship with the home care aide.
They are, in essence, inviting a complete stranger into their home. That can cause anxiety for just about anyone. There are things family members can do to help make this home care situation work best for an aging parent, grandparent, spouse, or other loved one.
Talk to them about it.
No one should force home care services on their family member. Even though this person might be in their 70s, 80s, or 90s and has difficulty with her own basic care, they still have the right to determine what happens in their own life. Talk to them about it. Include them in the process. Explain the benefits and the affordability it offers.
When they are on board with the idea of hiring a home care aide, that’s going to help the transition be smoother.
Discuss all options.
Put all options on the table. Let the senior know they have choices. When they realize they’re the one making the choice, they will probably want to remain home where they are most comfortable and that will lead them to home care options.
Learn about their desires.
What does this elderly family member want to do? Do they want to play golf, spend time with friends, or do something else? Do they want to pursue a new form of art? When you can tap into their interests, you can turn the conversation toward support that can help them do at least some of these things.
When they know there’s a positive to all of this, they will be more likely to work fervently to make this home care situation the best it can be.
If you or someone you know needs home care for a senior in Hampton, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at 603-343-4434 for more information.
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