Talking to your loved one about senior care in Traverse City
Tips on starting the conversation about home health care agencies
At Comfort Keepers, we know that every family is unique, and every client has unique needs. So there is no one way for us to coach families on talking to their aging loved ones about home care and other health care needs. What we’ve learned as we’ve grown to operate home health care agencies across the country is that having that conversation early is important, so we’ve compiled our best tips to help families navigate that challenging talk.
Who: Try to involve every family member who is close with your aging loved one. Any family member in the vicinity who is helping to care for and love your aging family member has a valuable opinion and input to share in this conversation.
What: Be precise as you open the dialog. Are you trying to figure out what kind of care is best? Are you trying to pick a care provider? Set a specific goal for the conversation, and try to guide others along with you toward that goal.
Where: It’s important that the conversation be inclusive and comfortable. Your aging loved one should also be freely able to contribute. You might consider having the conversation at your loved one’s home, to be sure they can comfortably attend; you might also have it at another family member’s house, if that feels like more neutral ground for you and your family.
When: Have the conversation as early as possible. You don’t want to wait until a medical condition or health emergency forces you to choose a nursing home when your loved one was more interested in home health care agencies. Schedule your conversation for a time that is convenient for as many family members as possible, while also being mindful that there are better times of day for your aging loved one to engage in tough talks, too.
Why: Talking openly about the wishes of your elder family member is important to help the whole family understand what they want from their golden years. It’s also part of making sure that your loved one’s legal affairs are in order. Take the opportunity to follow up on any legal documents that might also be needed, such as a will or a power of attorney.
Know that you might walk away from this conversation with more questions than answers, or needing to do research on the care providers in your area. Our home health care agencies can offer you support when you need additional information. You’ll likely need to research costs, locations, and what is covered by your loved one’s health insurance.
Finally, bear in mind that this tough talk comes from a place of love and caring. It’s important to say that to your aging loved one, as well. Tell them that you want to understand their wishes so that you can enforce their preferences throughout the aging process.
Home health care agencies are one of many options that your aging loved one might prefer. You can learn more about our comprehensive in-home services by contacting our friendly representatives in Traverse City, MI today at (231) 222-5376.