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3 Effective Ways to Talk to Your Loved One About In-Home Care

Posted by Helen Beamer on October 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

At times, we all need a little extra help. This is especially true for those of us who are full-time family caregivers. Perhaps you’re considering hiring an in-home care professional, but are not sure what steps to take. You may feel hesitant about setting up in-home care because your loved one is reluctant to receive help from anyone besides yourself.

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As you consider this option, you will want to involve your loved one in the discussion as well. Making this decision together will help ensure a successful transition to in-home care services. Once you enlist that extra in-home support, you and your loved one will likely find that it’s enjoyable and refreshing to have a little time away from each other. Having a professional caregiver who is carefully screened and trained in best care practices can help both of you have better days.

Here are some tips on how to discuss this change together:

  1. Talk hypothetically

Instead of telling seniors that they need home care, it can be much more effective to talk about what they might do if they (or a friend) were to need a caregiver in the future. It may not seem like much of a difference, but including them in the discussion will help them feel valued. Knowing their needs and preferences is also beneficial in setting up optimal care.

  1. Enlist the doctor’s support

Sometimes it’s easier for the people we love to hear they need help from someone outside their family, such as a doctor. Let your loved one’s doctor know about the need for extra assistance at home and ask the doctor to suggest in-home assistance as an option during the next appointment. The doctor’s recommendation may carry more weight than your opinion!

  1. Steer other conversations to the topic

Find gentle ways to include in-home care in the conversation rather than bringing it up abruptly. Ask open-ended questions such as, “How would you feel about having a professional caregiver in the home?” or “Would you mind having some extra help at home?” Make sure you understand the pros and cons of in-home care services so that you’re prepared to have a meaningful discussion on the topic.

ComForCare/At Your Side can help you and your loved one live your best life possible by offering quality service. We provide seniors the care they need, while respecting the independence they value.

To learn more about ComForCare / At Your Side home care, visit our website or call 1-800-886-4044 today!


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