As a family caregiver, you know how important it is for your aging parent to receive the care, support, and assistance that they needed to properly fulfill their care needs and help them to live a safe, healthy, happy quality of life as they age and place. This can include acknowledging their need for additional care and the benefits of starting home care for them.
Even if you understand the benefits, however, it is possible that you are senior may feel resistant to the idea of receiving care and could try to push back against this decision as you work toward transitioning into this new routine. Addressing their concerns effectively can make this transition smoother and less stressful for both of you, and hasten the benefits that a care provider can offer to your loved one.
Use these tips to help you address the concerns of a senior who is resistant to home care:
-Acknowledge what your parent is feeling and reassure them that being nervous is normal. Just by acknowledging that they are experiencing these emotions, you can help your parent to feel more at ease and be more willing to discuss these concerns with you, so that you can address them effectively.
-Ask your parent to clearly and thoroughly explain to you all of the concerns that they have. Consider writing them down as your parent says them. This will allow you to structure your response to them and be sure that you specifically discuss each point. By being thorough in this way, you can be sure that you address your seniors worries properly.
-Focus on the benefits that they will receive from care rather than the concept that they will need to accept this assistance from somebody else. Rather than emphasizing that the care provider is going to be taking care of them, emphasize that the care provider will be assisting them with tasks so that they are better able to maintain their independence and autonomy as they age in place.
-Ask your parent for input about the care provider. Have them tell you the preferences that they may have for this care provider, such as whether they would prefer a male or a female, whether they would prefer a younger or older person and even personality traits such as whether the care provider likes to plan outings and activities or if they prefer a more home-based routine.
-Suggest that you have a trial run with the care provider. Set up a week of care so that your parent can experience the care and begin to see the benefits, and then schedule a time to sit down with your parents and discuss the experience. Knowing that there is a potential endpoint can help your parent to be more open to the care and more willing to continue it beyond the trial run.
How can elder care help?
If your parent is facing challenges or needs that you do not feel that you can fulfill effectively, or you simply feel that your aging loved one would benefit from additional support and care, home care may be the ideal solution. Starting home care for your aging parent is a fantastic way to encourage your parent to live a lifestyle that is as fulfilling, active, and engaged, while also supporting their health, safety, and well-being throughout their later years.
These personalized services can include safe and reliable transportation, helping your parent run errands, assistance with personal care tasks such as bathing or toileting, mobility assistance for those with balance or other mobility problems, meal preparation, housekeeping, and companionship.