For senior adults who take pride in their independence, admitting they might need help around the house can be challenging. They might resist the thought of someone being in their home on a regular basis, even if that person has their best interests at heart. Preparing your loved one for in-home care assistance is an important step toward a smooth transition.
Approach the topic with patience and keep these tips in mind along the way:
- Emphasize the positive. Point out the many things they can still do on their own. Talk about their freedom to make choices, and assure them they will still be in charge.
- Talk about what a caregiver can do for them.Ask them what burdens they might want lifted. Do they worry about forgetting their medication? Would they like to have their meals prepared for them? Making decisions together can open the doors to change.
- Talk to the doctor. Sometimes hearing the encouragement of a physician can help overcome resistance to an in-home caregiver. At the very least, the recommendation can open doors to further discussion.
- Interview caregivers together. Make the decision with your loved one. If they know their opinion is valued, they might feel more in control and be more accepting of in-home care.
By involving your loved one in every step of the decision for in-home care, you are showing them how much their opinion matters, which can help the transition for everyone.
The advantages of using a Referral Agency like Angelic Nursing & Home Care are endless. The most important advantage is that our clients are in control of their care plan and determine which caregivers will provide services. All decisions made about your health or care, are directed by you and your loved one.Share on Facebook