Starting The Conversation About At Home Care by Comfort Keepers of Huntington Beach
Tips for how to discuss at home care with your family and senior loved one
If you’ve researched care options for your senior loved one and come to the conclusion that at home care is the best choice for their unique needs, it’s time to start the conversation about this somewhat sensitive topic with your aging parent or relative. Undoubtedly, this is a difficult and possibly uncomfortable conversation to have, as your senior loved one may not be on the same page with your when it comes to their future care.
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To ensure that talking about at home care goes as smoothly as possible and ends with your parent or relative realizing just how beneficial this type of care can be for them, there are a few things to consider.
Choose the Right Timing
There’s no ideal time to have the conversation about senior care. What we do recommend, however, is starting the discussion with your loved one while they are still healthy and able to make good decisions for themselves. Actively participating in the conversation will allow them to feel in control over their life and future as well, which can allow for a much more pleasant care experience. It is also important that your loved one knows that they have been included in the conversation about at home care early on; just informing them that they will start receiving care may lead to arguments and negative feelings.
Choose the Right Location
The conversation about care is a private one, so make sure to choose an appropriate location where your loved one feels safe and confident. Perhaps this could be their home or the home of a trusted family member. You can even consider a private venue where all family members could gather.
Choose the Main Speaker
To ensure that everyone has their chance to speak and that no one is interrupting any one, it is wise to choose a leader, a person who will direct the conversation. To avoid any confrontations or differences in opinion, you may want to have a pre-talk with other family members where you all agree upon the main points of the conversation. This way, you will all be unified when the conversation starts, showing your loved one that you all believe at home care is the best solution for them.
Show Your Support
In addition to inviting all close family members to this conversation, it is also significant that you all show your loved one just how much you care for them. Your parent or relative should know that they are not alone and that you will do all you can to help them enjoy a smooth transition into at home care. Pointing out that not much will change and that you will all still visit and have time for them can be of great help.
Do Your Research
Gathering all the information can be an overwhelming task for your family. At Comfort Keepers, we understand that your loved one may have a lot of questions concerning care. That is why we are happy to inform you that we are at your disposal 24/7 for any questions, concerns or comments. Give us a call today!