Starting the Conversation
How to Begin a Senior Care Conversation With A Loved One
The subject of senior care might be difficult to broach with aging parents and close relatives. It can be upsetting for everyone involved, but it is vital to ensure the well-being of a loved one as they age. When starting such discussions that will effect the entire family, there are a slew of variables to consider.
Timing is Everything
It's never easy to know when to have the senior care conversation. It is never too early to start. Rather than waiting till the senior's health deteriorates, do it while they are still in good health. This informs them that they have had some influence in how their later years would unfold. Many caregivers and family members have experienced elder animosity because they believe they have no influence over their own life. This secures their input if they are included in an early conversation.
It is important where the conversation takes place. The environment should never be threatening to the point where the loved one feels as though the family is ganging up on them. It should be tranquil and take place in a family-friendly setting, such as someone's house or a private venue.
Choose a Leader
Someone has to be the leader of the group. The family should select a point person to plan and lead the discussion. This may be the most challenging decision for some families, especially if the parent has more than one child. A pre-talk must take conducted among the senior's closest associates. While responsibilities can be shared, there must be one person to whom everyone can turn for details and instructions.
Gather Information and Resources
When planning the debate, enlist the assistance of others. We at Comfort Keepers are aware of the numerous questions that may emerge throughout this talk. Our staff is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any senior care queries, comments, or concerns. Call us right away at (530) 208-5152 or click HERE to fill out our free form!