Getting Parents to Accept Home Care Help
Many seniors refuse the care they need. If this sounds like your parents, there are solutions that can help!
The decision to accept help from a caregiver is not an easy one, especially when personal care is involved. For aging seniors, accepting help may represent a loss of independence. In most cases, there is pushback.
If your loved one is resisting help, it is of the utmost importance to respect their decision. Nevertheless, getting them the proper care is crucial to their wellbeing. Because it is such a major lifestyle change, introducing a caregiver should be done in a way that eases them into the process.
Change can be difficult for many seniors. Be patient and keep the following suggestions in mind:
- Introduce the idea slowly. Give them time to accept the idea.
- Offer a test run. They may be willing to try a caregiver for a short time, especially if they know they can change their mind later.
- Sometimes parents are more willing to accept a caregiver’s help if it is presented as being for the family caregiver’s benefit.
- Start the caregiver with household chores, NOT personal or “hands on” care.
- Slowly introduce these other tasks as familiarity grows.
- Help your parent visit a few nursing homes to review their options. Most seniors prefer to stay in their home and may be willing to accept the help required to stay there.
- Often people will listen to their doctor. Ask their doctor to suggest a plan that includes a caregiver.
- Often, your loved one may be concerned about the cost of services. Remember that most of today’s seniors grew up in the Depression and World War years. Money is always on their mind.
The Approach at Retire-At-Home Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge:
At Retire-At-Home Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge , we understand seniors’ resistance to change. That’s why we always starts with a free, no-obligation nurse consultation and assessment. During this meeting, the nurse will have a one-on-one conversation with your loved one so that they may understand their concerns, doubts, and even their resistance to the idea of a caregiver.
By recognizing our client’s opposition, and by reassuring them that their independence will be maintained, we hope that we will get them to accept the help they need.
Our caregivers are trained to deal with pushback, and while the conversation may be difficult, we can often help our clients feel more at ease with the idea of accepting help.
In situations like these, we always suggest starting services gradually and gathering feedback from our client, to ensure they feel part of the decision making process.