Perhaps you’ve noticed that your parent isn’t able to care for themselves at home as well as they once could. You might have noticed mail piling up or that your parent isn’t paying as much attention to personal hygiene as they should be. Maybe your parent has had a recent health scare that makes you worry about them being alone all day every day. If any of those things sound familiar, it may be time to contact a home care agency to hire someone to provide in-home care for your parent. Of course, before you hire a home care provider, you’ll need to talk to your parent about receiving in-home care. Approaching the subject can sometimes be difficult since many seniors feel as though they are losing their independence by getting help at home. Others may not see that they need care. If you’re struggling with the idea of talking to your parent about home care, here are some tips to make the conversation a little easier.
Timing is Important
If your parent is a little sharper in the morning, that may be the best time to approach the subject of home care. Your parent will be able to think more clearly and respond appropriately to the topic. Also, look for conversation starters. If your parent mentions that a friend fell recently and was injured, talk about what could happen if your parent fell and no one came to check on them.
Be Honest About Your Own Feelings
You’re probably considering home care for your parent because you’re worried about their health and safety. Tell your parent that. Explain that knowing they have someone to help them will make you worry less and relieve some of your stress.
Listen and Respond with Compassion
Listen to your parent’s concerns—really listen. Express your love for them and talk about your own concerns, but don’t discount theirs. If your parent really doesn’t want to talk about home care and there is no urgency, drop the subject for the time being and try again another day.
Offer a Trial Period
Depending on your parent’s condition, there may be no need to jump into a full-time in-home care situation. Try offering your parent a trial period for a few weeks during which a home care provider comes in for one or two short periods during the day to help out. At the end of the two weeks, talk to your parent about how things went. Chances are they will like having someone to talk to during the day and appreciate having some help.
Talk About Independence
If your parent’s greatest concern is losing their independence, remind them of all the ways a home care provider can actually help them remain independent. Explain that a home care provider can help them to continue living in their home, get out to social engagements or other activities away from home, and give them more free time to do the things they enjoy.
The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Pasadena, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.