Coming to terms with the fact that a senior loved one is in need of help at home can be tough. Even tougher is talking about home care with that elderly loved one and getting him to agree that help is needed. If you have noticed changes in your loved one and you’re sensing the need to start talking about home care as an option for maintaining safety and independence in the home, try some of these conversation starters to broach the subject in a subtle, non-confrontational way.
If increased frailty is becoming an issue:
“I love you, Dad, and now that you live alone, I worry about your safety. I know someone who can help us make the house safer and make it easier for you to get around and remain independent. Can I have her come over to talk with us? It would put my mind at ease.”
If there’s a risk of falling or mobility has decreased:
“Ever since you fell recently, I’ve been worried about it happening again. I know someone who can come and give us tips on how to make your home safer and prevent falls from happening. I’d love for us to sit down and talk to her and see what tips she has for us.”
If declining personal hygiene has become an issue:
“I’d love to have someone come a few times a week to help you around the house. Let’s work together to find someone you feel comfortable with. We can work with an agency to find someone who shares similar interests with you so that you’ll not only have some help from time to time, but also a good friend to chat with.”
When a senior can no longer drive safely:
“I know that not being able to drive and get out as much has been hard. If we hire a home care assistant for a few hours several times a week, you could get back to doing all the things that you’ve been missing, like shopping, visiting friends, and running to the store.”
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Keep in mind that, for many seniors, accepting help at home can feel like giving up independence, and you may have to have several conversations before a solution is reached. At Caregivers by WholeCare, we’re here to partner with you to help make life not only safer, but more enjoyable and fulfilling for your elderly loved one as well. Give our Nashville senior care experts a call today at (615) 298-9201 or fill out our online contact form to find out more about how our in-home care services can help your family.