It might be obvious to you and to other family members that your senior could use some extra help, but that doesn’t mean that she is going to agree with you right away. In fact, you might find that it’s more of a negotiation than you expected it would be.
Ideally, Talk to Your Senior Before Help Is Truly Necessary
In an ideal situation, you’re able to talk to your elderly family member before it’s really obvious that help is not optional for her. Talk to her about what home care services are all about and what it might mean for her to have a caregiver. Talking about this all early gives her a chance to adjust her mindset.
Be Compassionate about Her Situation
Wherever you are in the needing help spectrum, try to remember that this isn’t easy for your senior. Accepting help is difficult for most people. For your senior it might be more difficult than you can guess. That’s especially true if she’s always been the one making sure that everyone else is taken care of properly.
Educate Your Senior about How Home Care Can Help
Your senior’s version of having help from caregivers might be a lot different than what is part of your plan. Make sure that you’re sharing accurate information about what exactly home care services are able to do for your senior. They’re not there to take anything away from your senior. They’re there to make her life easier and better, however they can.
Give Your Senior Time
Whether you started early or started talking about all of this when your senior has genuine need, you may have to just give her time. It’s tough to change mindsets overnight and if your senior is concerned about accepting help, she may need space in order to absorb the information you’re giving her.
Take Care of Yourself in the Meantime
While you wait, make sure that you’re taking care of yourself as much as possible. As a family caregiver, you’ve got a lot riding on your ability to keep going. Prioritize your own self-care so that you’re able to be there for your senior. That means make sure you’re sleeping, handling your stress in positive ways, and eating nutritious meals.
Having the assistance that she needs can improve your elderly family member’s quality of life immensely. If she’s still not convinced, consider a trial run that allows her to see for herself what help really means in her life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Jacksonville, FL, call Griswold Home Care
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