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How to Inform a Loved One That They Need Home Care

Home Care in Havana FL

After many years of living alone and independently caring for themselves, most seniors need help with tasks that were once simple, but have now become difficult. But how do you break the news Home-Care-in-Havana-FLto a loved one that they need to be cared for? This is a topic that should be handled with the utmost care and sensitivity in order to spare any hurt feelings or to risk the elder becoming defensive.

With your own work and family responsibilities, you may not be able to provide the kind of care your loved one needs. Fortunately, a senior care provider can be hired to help the elder with all of the chores and responsibilities they can’t accomplish on their own. In order to gently inform your loved one that it is time to let someone help them, follow these tips.

Educate Yourself on Home Care

Before even attempting to discuss home care with your loved one, find out more about it. How will the caregiver help the elder? What are the costs? Get as much information on it in order to be prepared when your loved one asks questions.

Have a Family Meeting

There is no reason you should have to do this alone. Ask other family members to come over for lunch or coffee. Once the elder is comfortable and in good spirits, you and other family members can bring up the topic of home care. Remember to stay calm at all times because your elderly parent may shut down the idea completely if they feel like they are being attacked.

Make a List

When sitting down to discuss this care option with your loved one, have a list of tasks they are unable to do by themselves. Then you can talk about how they would benefit from having someone care for them.

Timing is Everything

If at first you do not succeed, try again. Just because the elder rejected the idea of home care now does not mean they will always reject it. They could be shocked at the suggestion or upset over the thought of losing their independence. If the topic upsets them, let it go and bring it up at another time when your loved one is willing to talk about it.

Get Professional Help

If the senior refuses to listen to you or other family members, enlist the help of their doctor or other medical professionals. If your loved one hears it from a third party, they will be more inclined to consider it.

Receiving senior care after living independently for decades can be a challenging transition. With these ideas, you will be more likely to persuade them to get the help they need.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Havana, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  http://www.insideeldercare.com/caregiving/breaking-the-news-telling-a-loved-one-they-need-care/

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.