Starting the Conversation: In Home Care for Seniors
Learn how to initiate the talk with your loved one about in home care for seniors in Rapid City, SD
Have you started talking to your family about how to care for aging loved ones? Have you noticed behavioral or health changes in a parent or other senior family member that worry you? If it’s time to look into caregiving options, it’s important to discuss your options as a family, and prioritize the needs of your aging loved one.
Talking about senior care might feel awkward or uncomfortable, but remember that accessing good care improves the quality of life of your loved one. Ensuring the well-being of an aging parent or loved one can mean researching nursing homes, assisted living communities, or in home care. There are a lot of factors to consider when discussing the right kind of care for your family.
Should I start the conversation now?
It’s never too early to start talking about the kind of care an aging family member wants to receive. The more you can take the preferences and wishes of your loved one into account later in life, the more comfortable you’ll both be with the outcome, so start the talk as soon as you can. Many caregivers and family members have experienced resentment from someone receiving home care that they feel they didn’t choose or prefer. Having the conversation early, and honestly, can help to resolve this.
Who should be included?
Families may want to select someone to lead the conversation, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share their concerns. Try to keep the atmosphere calm and comfortable, and remember that the point of talking about senior care is to figure out what options will be in the best interest of your loved one.
It’s important to keep the whole family involved in this discussion because multiple family members may be involved with the care plan for your aging loved one. Caregiving responsibilities include daily caretaking like meals and housekeeping, but also bill paying, home maintenance, keeping up with doctor’s appointments and healthcare needs, and more. In home care can also help with these tasks, with caregivers who can spend as much time as needed at home with your loved one ensuring their safety and health. The more pairs of hands are available to help with these tasks, the easier it can be for everyone involved.
What happens next?
It’s important to do research as you build a care plan for your aging loved one. Look for services that are local to you, and look for services that accept your loved one’s health insurance or other methods of funding care. Research nursing homes, assisted living, in home care and any other care alternatives that are in your community. Each will have pros and cons; the important part is to figure out what will work best for your family, and what’s in the best interest of your loved one.
We built a care plan. Now what?
Even after you’ve determined the right care plan, it’s important that the family remain involved and continue to care for and advocate for your aging loved one. No matter whether you’re working with a nurse at an assisted living facility or a provider, any provider working with your loved one should be well-informed about their needs.
You and your family can communicate to care, providers, your loved one’s likes and dislikes, habits, and routines, as well as any concerns you have about their care. You may find that your care plan has to be adjusted as time goes on and your loved one’s needs change. Without your involvement, your loved one’s care may fall short of what they deserve.
Choosing the best care option for an aging family member is a difficult decision. Involving family members helps ensure that you consider all factors and choose the best possible solution for your loved one. For more information, contact us at (605) 277-1870 today. Our staff is available 24/7 to answer any senior care questions, comments or concerns.
Comfort Keepers Home Care provides senior care services in the following cities and neighborhoods in South Dakota:
Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Lead, Deadwood, Custer, Hill City, and Hot Springs, South Dakota