How to Talk to Your Loved One About In-Home Care
It can be distressing when your loved one begins to show signs of being unable to manage daily life on his or her own. You may feel overwhelmed by the idea of becoming a caregiver, and your loved one is likely to be afraid of losing his or her independence. Here’s how to bring up the topic of hiring in-home care as a perfect solution.
It’s not unusual for a loved one to insist he or she doesn’t need extra help or express apprehension about having a stranger in the house. If dementia or Alzheimer’s is an issue, the idea of making a big change can be unsettling on its own.
Remind your loved one you’re still going to be there for him or her, and hiring help is a way of showing you care. Listen patiently to every concern, and respond with compassion to ease his or her anxiety.
Ensure your loved one knows that he or she can be involved in the interview process when it comes to hiring an in-home caregiver, and you won’t hire someone who isn’t a great match.
At Caring Home Care our coordinators can help select a pool of caregiver candidates for you to meet with. We’ve pre-screened and interviewed all of the caregivers in our network, and ensure that they have the skills, qualifications, and certifications necessary for supporting your loved one at home.
Emphasize the Positives
Help your loved one see the benefits of hiring an in-home caregiver versus other options. If he or she still functions well but just needs a little help with daily tasks, in-home care offers a much greater degree of independence than a care facility.
Point out how a caregiver can also be a companion, keep your loved one safe and monitor his or her health when you can’t be there.
If your loved one is adamant about not needing or wanting in-home care, recruit others for the discussion. Family members, friends and your loved one’s doctor can provide extra support by voicing their own concerns and clarifying the reasoning behind your suggestion.
Your loved one’s doctor will be able to offer medical reasons for choosing in-home care and can provide a trustworthy, professional opinion.
Give Your Loved One a Say
Since anyone providing care in the home will interact with your loved one on a daily basis, let your loved one be part of the hiring process. Be mindful of concerns he or she has with a particular caregiver. The arrangement will only work out if both you and your loved one are comfortable with the person giving in-home help.
In-home care can be a positive solution to provide comfort and peace of mind for you and your aging loved one. Start the discussion early so that you have enough time to find just the right person to handle his or her needs.
Once you’re ready to take the next step, Caring Home Care can help you get started. Our certified caregivers are trained to help with your loved one’s daily tasks and maintain their independence. Learn more about our caregivers today!