There’s no doubt about it: it’s going to be frustrating when you know somebody you care about needs assistance but they won’t even talk about home care options. It might be a parent who’s moving through their 70s, 80s, or 90s and as they struggle to just take care of themselves every day, you’re devoting a lot of your time to help.
All you want them to do is talk about home care.
Unfortunately, they won’t listen. They won’t even consider hiring a home care aide to help. You can talk until you’re blue in the face, but that might not work. Here are three strategies that may get an elderly parent to begin to at least consider the prospect of relying on home care aides.
Strategy #1: Stay patient.
This is one of the most frustrating. You know they need help now. You know they’re not safe at home. Every time you go to work, when you go to sleep at night, or when you’re driving home, you imagine all of the worst things happening because of their limited strength, balance related problems, or health issues.
However, if they are adamantly refusing to talk about home care right now, all you can do is be patient and then move on to the next strategy.
Strategy #2: Learn more about home care options.
Most people only have a basic understanding of what home care aides do and offer. This is a great opportunity for you to sit down with somebody at an agency and discuss the services they provide, their cost, availability, and more.
If the senior were to realize they didn’t need home care for full-time or even around-the-clock care, would they be more open to the idea? If they realize they might be able to do some of the activities they had to give up because of their strength and balance problems, would they be open to listening?
Strategy #3: Discuss options openly and honestly.
Be honest. If you think some aspect or component of home care is not going to go over well, don’t try to gloss over or hide it. Be transparent. Also learn to listen more carefully. Many seniors, when confronted with the topic of home care options by family, feel as though they basically give up their autonomy and independence because their adult children, spouse, or others won’t listen to them.
When you listen carefully that’ll usually give you better points of reference with which to move forward and that often produces more positive results.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Edison, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.