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4 Ideas to Bring Up the Topic of Home Care with Family

By Erin Carll

Senior Care in Pittsburgh PA

Trying to bring up the topic of home care support with an elderly family member is not always easy. They may be turning to you for support and assistance. You just don’t have that kind of time right now.

Maybe you have a full-time job and other responsibilities. It’s good that you recognize your own limitations. It’s far too easy to get lured into being a primary family caregiver because you live in the same town, it’s your parents, and people look to you with that expectation.

If you know you have too many limitations on your time and energy right now, you may also recognize that home care support is the best option to consider. The problem is you just don’t know how to bring it up. Here are a few ideas that might help you at least broach the topic of home care options with your family.

Discuss the challenges.

You can discuss the challenges you witness in this elderly family member’s life. You can also talk about the challenges you already face in your own life. “Mom,” you might say, “I’m already working until six or 7 o’clock in the evening as it is. We have huge deadlines coming up. I just don’t have the time to keep stopping by every single day.”

Some people underestimate what their loved one is going through. By talking about the challenges you are feeling right now, it may open the door for other options.

Talk about your limitations.

As with the challenges you’re facing right now, you have certain limitations you need to address. If you don’t have a lot of time or energy, then being a primary family caregiver is not going to be a good option to consider.

Focus on the future.

Talk about activities this family member has given up recently, either due to their age or health situation. When you focus on the future and encourage them to realize they may be able to return to some activities, if they only had the right level of experienced support, they may be more open to the idea of home care options.

Establish goals for the future.

As you begin discussing the future, establish goals. Have specific goals in mind for them to get back to. When you have goals, they need to have a plan. When they have a plan, hopefully they will begin to realize that home care is the best option to consider at this point in their life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Pittsburgh, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.