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How to Suggest Home Care to a Loved One

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

Convincing your elderly loved one that he or she should allow someone to come into his or her home to assist with daily activities can be unpleasant. Your loved one may resist and state that he or she is more than capable of caring for himself or herself. It is understandable that your loved one wants to remain independent. However, there are a few ways to approach the subject delicately and with pleasant results.

Tread Lightly

First, approach the subject lightly. Tell your loved one that there are things you have noticed, like forgotten medication or fewer groceries, and you feel he or she may need a little bit of help. Make it about your concern. Sometimes a loved one is more apt to green light agency assistance if you tell him or her that you would feel better if he or she allowed someone to check in or help.

Sell It

Second, sell the idea by appealing to your loved one’s interest. Tell him or her how he or she would benefit from having a Colorado Springs caregiver in the home. You know your loved one best. What is one thing he or she would love to gain from assistance? Maybe help cooking his or her favorite meals again or just having someone to play games with on a regular basis. It may be as simple as someone to accompany him or her to the senior center for activities.

Call in Reinforcements

Finally, when all else fails, call in the professionals. Home care agencies in Colorado Springs often have staff that can come to speak with you and your loved one. Additionally, there are social workers and case managers who have this type of conversation on a regular basis. If you feel that you are not getting anywhere with the conversation, invite one of these parties to converse with you and your loved one about home care services.

Though the initial conversation may be difficult, it will pay off in the end. Most people who are in need of agency assistance often enjoy the companionship and assistance once they have received it. For more information about home care in Colorado Springs, call Home Care Assistance at (719) 822-1229. We offer hourly and live-in home care in Colorado Springs, and every care schedule is customized to meet the client’s specific needs.

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