For you, the Family Caregiver, one of the challenging aspects of providing home health care is finding balance between providing the care needed for your senior loved one who wishes to live independently and allowing them to still do some things on their own. Many Family Caregivers report struggling with letting senior loved ones have more control over their day-to-day tasks when they should ideally be accepting more assistance.
Managing doctors’ appointments and taking care of household chores and maintenance can be time consuming and physically and mentally challenging for your loved one. When it comes to transportation, it can even prove dangerous for elderly individuals to be independent. You must decide how much independence is too much and how best to communicate that to your loved one. This is why you, as the Family Caregiver, play such an important role.
Once your loved one decides to accept help from you in order to live independently, the transition can be difficult. Dealing with changes related to aging or declining health can be straining not only on your loved one, but also on you as you decide what type of treatment and what level of independence is appropriate and safe.
Broaching the subject of accepting help from you or from the outside can be a tough conversation, but much easier than one that involves moving out of the home. Here are some ways to discuss why it may be time for your senior loved one to consider help:
Ask your loved one to consider the alternative of living at home with assistance from family members or professional services such as a home health agency. Realizing that their health issues might require them to move out of the home they love and into a nursing home or assisted living may help highlight how living at home would be a more desirable option.
Keep in mind those things that are most important to your loved ones and insist that everyone around them respect their priorities. Let your loved one know that you want to assist them in living independently, not hinder it. Some individuals hold their close location to family members or their pets in high regard. Remind them that these types of things would be compromised if living at home would no longer be an option.
Remind them that you are a helper and are not trying to intrude on their privacy or independence. Communicating with your loved one about your intentions is key to building a trusting relationship. If you are caring for your parent, the change in the dynamic of your relationship is a difficult transition.
Set your position as a caregiver or loving helper rather than putting yourself “in charge” of your loved one. Explain that your role of caregiver is a tool for them to use that will enable them to live independently instead of hinder their lifestyle, which is sometimes the immediate first impression when one hears the term “caregiver” or “home health.”
Assistance for you as the Family Caregiver is available through the many first-class services available at Freudenthal Home Health. We offer health care services for seniors and needed assistance for Family Caregivers. Contact us today to learn how we can help guide you through this process.