It’s difficult to watch your loved ones age and lose the ability to take care of themselves. But most times, getting them to accept in home care is even more challenging. When that conversation comes, be prepared and be cautious in the way you present the idea.
1. Get professional advice – Talk to your loved one’s physician. No doubt they have some experience with this sort of thing. Additionally, they have a unique perspective on your loved one’s health status.
2. Be gentle – When you do have this conversation, make sure you are patient and gentle with your loved one. This is not easy for them. Be considerate of their feelings and fears. Even if it takes several conversations, don’t lose your temper. Your anger will not help the situation at all.
3. Discuss advantages – Your loved one will most likely think primarily of the things they will lose if they accept in-home care. Be sure to highlight the advantages of such a move.
4. Discuss independence – One of the greatest fears seniors have regarding in-home care is the fear of losing their independence. Reassure your loved one that in-home care will still give them much of the independence they enjoy now.
5. Allay fears – Take time to gently discover what worries them about this decision and talk about it. Do what you can to calm their fears before a caretaker ever walks in the door.
6. Make it about you – While this move is intended to protect your loved one, it is okay to mention yourself when discussing the advantages. Talk about the peace of mind it will provide for you to know they are taken care of.
7. Try it temporarily – If your loved one is still hesitant, offer to try it temporarily. The unknown is much more intimidating than the familiar.