The biggest challenge after deciding to get your senior loved one in-home care is to sell them on this idea. Many seniors reject even the slightest thought of bringing a "stranger" into their home.
Others fear their routine is going to be disrupted by this helper. Your mission is to persuade your loved one to accept this solution to stay safe and socially engaged.
At Senior Care Center, we know how difficult it can be to bring a caregiver into the home. We empathize with seniors and we do everything in our power to minimize their objections to accepting in-home care. Here are a few hopefully useful tips from the Family Caregiver Alliance:
Start early and gradually. Don't wait until you can't postpone it any longer. As soon as you notice changes in the behaviour and in the daily living abilities of your elderly parent or loved one, start initiating discussions around this topic and about their wishes and expectations for the future.
Don't rush. You need to stay calm and to wait for the right moments to bring this topic to the light. Pick the most relaxing time of day to have this conversation. Rushing into it will bring you nothing by rejection and frustration.
Take your time, be calm, and choose the best moment, when everyone is relaxed and willing to talk about such sensitive issues.
Try over and over. If your senior one agrees to this idea right off the bat, you're among the very few ones who can say this.
Most seniors reject this idea the very moment they hear about it. However, you shouldn't give up. Postpone the conversation for a later time.
Listen and be respectful. The fact that your senior one is ill doesn't mean that he or she shouldn't make decisions about the future. As long as they can stay safe and healthy, you should listen to them and honour their decisions.
Keep them safe, though. Safety should be your top priority. The moment you notice that your senior is at risk due to the inability to cope with daily activities and duties, you should take action. Be polite, compassionate and respectful. At the same time be firm and try to explain the advantages of accepting in-home care. Depict the less appealing alternative of getting admitted into a senior care facility or institution.
While bringing your senior to accept in-home care can be a challenge, once you pass this stage, you'll have the assistance of a professional caregiver, thus enabling your senior to enjoy a better quality of life.