How to Encourage Your Loved One to Accept Home Care
Avoid argument or heated discussions
First of all, this is the time to keep your cool and avoid letting your emotions get the better of you. This can be difficult, since you’re likely feeling fear and anxiety over your loved one’s health or mobility issues. But keep in mind that this is scary for them as well. They are approaching the end of their life and are becoming incapable of taking care of all of their own needs.
So instead of trying to coerce or convince your loved one to accept home care, approach the discussion with patience and empathy, and give them some time to get used to the idea of help. While they may be resistant at first, often seniors will come around to the idea once they’ve had some time to think about it.
Reassure them that they will maintain their independence
One of the biggest reasons seniors hesitate to accept in-home care is the fear that they will lose their independence. Make sure that you reassure them that in-home care is a way to help them maintain their independence — not take it away. In-home senior care will allow them to remain in their comfortable, familiar home environment, while still receiving the care that they need.
Allow them to be a part of the planning
If you make all of the arrangements yourself, your loved one may feel like they are losing control of their life and decision-making power. So don’t exclude your loved one from the process of setting up in-home care.
Let them be a part of caregiver selection and care plan development. Encourage them to ask questions and make sure they are comfortable with the caregiver and the plan of care. Take any concerns they have into account, and work with them to find a plan that works for everyone.
Focus on the advantages
If your loved one is having difficulty completing household chores and everyday tasks, this can be a great way to approach the subject of at-home care. They may be much more open to the idea if you frame it as a way to get them some well-deserved help around the house, leaving them with more time to focus on the things they enjoy. As their caregiver establishes a relationship with them, they will likely become more comfortable with receiving assistance with personal care as well.
Frame it as a favor to you
Most parents do not want to worry their children or be a burden on them, and caring for an aging parent can become a stressful, full-time job. So it can be helpful to present in-home care as a favor to you. Let them know that you worry their needs aren’t all being met, and that you would feel more comfortable if they had some assistance around the house when you can’t be there.
It can be hard for seniors to admit that they need help in their daily lives, but we hope these tips will help you approach the subject gracefully and encourage your loved one to accept home care. If you are looking for affordable, compassionate in-home care for your aging loved one, Right Hand Senior Care can help.
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