You’ve noticed your senior mom struggling with grocery bags, forgetting to pay bills, and failing to keep a clean house. If your loved one is stubborn or unable to see the physical toll that their daily activities are taking, it might be difficult to convince them of what you and other family members have thought for a long time: They need help. Here are three ways in which you can introduce the idea of an in-home caregiver in an empathetic manner that includes your loved one in the decision-making process.
1. Try Out In-Home Services
Some seniors simply will not accept the idea of a full-time, live-in caregiver. The change is too shocking, and the battle of wills becomes an uncomfortable situation for everybody involved. To sidestep this scenario, see if you can negotiate one day a week, or even a few hours a couple of times a week, with your loved one. The caregiver could assist with laundry, errand shopping, lifting heavy bags, or completing difficult tasks like getting in and out of the bathtub that your aging parent might feel afraid to do alone.
2. Consider Gradually Increasing Care
Consider having a conversation that involves increasing the amount of time the caregiver spends at their house. An elderly parent may not like the idea of full-time help, but have they accepted someone coming over twice a week to deliver groceries and chat? How about adding a third day, and then maybe a fourth? They may bristle at the thought of having someone help bathe them, but would they accept someone doing housework or yard work? How about having someone do their hair so that they can look their best?
3. Approach the Conversation with Compassion
It’s best to approach these conversations with empathy and an open mind, as in-home help can be a sensitive topic for both the aging relative and the person who is responsible for arranging care. Remember the most important point: If they do not want to continue, it’s their right to refuse. It’s possible, though, that the introduction of a small time slot of home care can be enough to help them see that having someone help on a daily basis can be a big relief.
Home helpers can serve your loved ones in a variety of ways, and they can be a wonderful addition to your elderly loved one’s life. For more information about in-home care for your senior loved ones, contact Home Helpers of Drexel Hill today.