Though some seniors eventually need some form of assistance around the home, especially those with any prominent health conditions, many still dread the possibility. How do you approach a loved one who may be nearing the need for a caregiver and alleviate his or her fears? The senior care experts at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance have a few suggestions for speaking to your senior loved one about in-home care.
Begin the Conversation Early
When possible, talk with your loved one about home care before a crisis occurs. This can help make the conversation and the transition go more smoothly. When your loved one first begins exhibiting signs of needing help, it’s time to talk with him or her before any problems progress. Some of these signs may include:
- Forgetting to take medications, turn off the stove, or lock the door
- A diminished appetite due to forgetting to eat or being unable to cook
- Problems when bathing or dressing
Focus on the Positive
Home care doesn’t mean seniors lose all of their independence. Rather, your loved one will be able to get personalized care in the areas he or she needs most. Many seniors who face home care may act angry due to fears about losing control over their own lives. Centering the conversation on exactly what a caregiver will assist with and what your loved one will still be able to do independently can help him or her maintain dignity throughout the transition.
Respond with Empathy
Listen to your loved one when talking to him or her and respond to any concerns with empathy. During the conversation, let your loved one know how much you care about his or her quality of life. Some studies show 55 percent of seniors worry about being a burden to their families, but you can ease their fears by being empathetic to their feelings.
Choose a Good Time and Place
Mornings are often better for the elderly, especially those who may be in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Set aside plenty of time for the conversation, make sure it is at the best time of day for your loved one, and that it takes place in a comfortable setting. Having the conversation in an unfamiliar place, such as a restaurant, may upset your loved one further.
Your loved one needs a home care provider you can trust, and that can be found by calling Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and live-in care in Fort Myers, and our caregivers can help with a wide array of tasks, including mobility support, bathing and grooming, cooking and cleaning, and errand running. All of our services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees, and you’ll never have to sign a long-term contract. Call a Care Manager today at 239.449.4701 to schedule a free in-home consultation.