Your senior loved one’s doctor has recommended that she or he receive more comprehensive care and suggests home health care. Now, you face the responsibilities of completing the task. The journey of home health care has its challenges but the end result is having your loved one receive the care they need in the loving, familiar environment of their own home. This process can be very rewarding both for them and for you as a caregiver. Here is some advice to turn to as you plan on talking with your loved one about receiving home health care assistance.
Offer Support; Don’t Take Over
The best partnership between you and your senior loved one is one that balances between needed support and independence. Instead of telling your loved one that someone is coming to their house to clean because they are not capable, consider asking your loved one what areas they feel they struggle in. This will establish a trusting relationship where they feel their opinions and feelings are respected and also give you a good outline of what they are comfortable with as far as the level of assistance they want.
If they admit to feeling stressed about housework, offer to bring in a housekeeper once a week and later evaluate if more help is needed. If they show some concerns about safety around the house, offer assistance in installing ramps or rails. It is important to establish home health care as a support, not as a hindrance on their independence.
There is a chance your loved one will not receive the news of home health care well. Some may feel that with home health assistance comes a loss of control or independence. Ensure your loved one that you understand and agree with their concerns. Be patient after your initial conversation and do not feel the need to “convince” your loved one.
There are ways you and your loved one can come to a mutual understanding of the importance of home health care. By involving them in the process of hiring a home health aide, choosing a home health agency and planning their care schedule, you can give your loved one the sense of control and independence they desire while also providing the assistance they need.
If they are skeptical about receiving assistance, it could be because they don’t fully understand the need. Talk with them about the potential risks of living at home. For example, if your loved one is experiencing a decline in vision or hearing, there are risks of falls and injury, as well as their ability to seek help in case of an emergency. Explaining the risks of living at home will help your loved one understand the importance of home health care.
Now that you have talked with your loved one about home health care, the next step is finding the perfect fit. The professionals at Freudenthal Home Health are happy to be your partner in caregiving and can provide as much assistance and care as your loved one needs. Call us today to find out more.