The decision around home care for an aging loved one is important and can be challenging for those involved. The process of beginning it can feel intimidating and unfamiliar, however, it’s important to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible. Consider the tips below to help ease your aging loved one into home care.
One of the first things that may come to mind for your loved one when in-home care is mentioned, is a misconception that they'll lose their independence and control over their own decisions. It's important to reassure your loved one this idea is far from the reality of home care. Home care with Senior Helpers, is designed to make sure your aging loved one is safe and comfortable and able to remain independent in their own home for as long as possible. When introducing it, be sure to keep them involved with the decisions.
Communicate All Expectations
Home care looks different for everyone. Many find with the proper education and safety measures, they may not need as much assistance as originally thought. As your loved one’s needs change, so to does their their level of care. Senior Helpers provides specialized care, no matter the type of care your loved one requires.
Educate your loved one on the benefits of home care and be patient with their emotions. Create space for them to ask questions and express any concerns regarding their care plan. Allow them to share any boundaries they may have plus encourage them to take their time and write out a list if necessary.
Highlight the Positives
Creating a routine can be helpful for both your aging loved one and their caregiver during the transition to in-home care. Routines can help to provide comfort and autonomy for them. If they don't already have one, find a routine that best fits their interests.
Having a caregiver can relieve a lot of the day-to-day responsibility for family members. Make it a point to still visit regularly. With the help of their caregiver, your visits with can now be focused on quality time.
Remind your loved one their caregiver is there to support them with their daily needs. This can include companionship, meal preparation, transportation assistance to do any activities they haven’t done in a while or completing daily tasks around the house.
Talk with their Care Team Together
When meeting with your potential care team, make sure to involve your loved one in the conversation. Be certain to let them know in advance of any visitors who may be entering their home. Encourage your loved one to take the lead with any questions that may help them to feel more comfortable and in-control. Most of all, remember to be patient as this is a huge change for them.
Whether your loved one is expecting minimal care in the home or around the clock care, Senior Helpers is here to help. If you or an aging loved one are considering home care, contact us for more information.