Starting the Senior Care Conversation
Learn tips for beginning the conversation about senior care with your aging loved one.
Beginning the conversation about home care with your loved one is not easy. However, with proper planning and good organization, you can reduce discomfort for all parties involved and help your loved one understand that senior care can improve their life in so many ways.
Keep in mind that it is best to start this conversation early on. Instead of waiting for your loved one’s medical condition to worsen, talk to them while they are still healthy and capable of deciding on their own. This can also ensure that your loved one feels involved in matters of their care, which can allow your senior mom or dad to truly enjoy all its benefits as well.
As senior care is indeed a family matter, make sure that each member of the family is involved in the conversation. Choose a time and date that works for everyone. The same goes for location – everyone should feel comfortable while talking about such a sensitive issue.
You may also want to choose a leader, someone from the family who is willing to gather all the necessary information, plan the conversation in detail, and lead the discussion. This way, one person will present all the information without others trying to interrupt them or share their opinion. Of course, everyone should have the opportunity to say what they think, but it should be planned in a way to prevent everyone from speaking at the same time.
Most importantly, when you start this conversation, your loved one should feel like everyone in the room wants only what is best for them. So, show your senior mom or dad just how much you care, stressing that they are not alone and that senior care can only bring benefits to their life.
If you aren’t sure how to start this conversation or could use some assistance, give us a call! We are happy to help your family in any way that we can!