Starting the Conversation About In Home Care
Comfort Keepers offers tips for talking to your loved one
Talking about in home care with your aging parent or relative is a task that you should not take lightly. This topic is sensitive which means you have to be compassionate and think about how your loved one feels. Follow our tips to help you communicate lovingly and successfully:
Choose the Right Time
You might be thinking about when the right time for the conversation is. The truth is that there is no wrong time to talk about such an important thing. We advise you to be brave and think about your senior’s needs and talk about in home care as early as possible. If you wait too long, your senior’s mental and physical health may get worse.
Choose the Perfect Place
Before talking with your senior and family members about senior care, you might want to think about where that conversation will happen. Find a place that encourages privacy and where your senior loved one will feel comfortable and safe.
Who Will Lead the Conversation?
Often times, when sensitive matters such as in home care are discussed, everyone’s trying to talk at the same time and state their opinion. We suggest you keep everything organized, including the direction in which the conversation will go. When only one person speaks on the behalf of others, your senior loved one will be able to hear your reasons and ideas clearly and to actually think about them. Otherwise, they might only get upset or angry and refuse to talk to the family.
Be There for Your Senior
Remember that talking about in home care and hiring a caregiver is going to be much harder for your elderly loved one than you, friends and family. That is why it is crucial to show love, compassion, understanding, and support to your senior. It’s a good idea to gather people who are close to your loved one so that they can participate in the conversation and show your senior that they are not alone.
Do Your Homework
Before having the conversation and getting certain friends and family members together, you want to find out what in home care options your senior might have at their disposal. At Comfort Keepers of Grand Junction, CO, we are ready to answer all your questions so feel free to give us a call at (970) 232-2165.