Oftentimes when older adults need extra help at home the biggest hurdle is getting them to accept the help. We see it time and time again, adult children are faced with resistance from the senior loved one. The seniors are overwhelmed, feel that the added assistance is permanent and are fearful of what lies ahead. They feel their independence is being threatened and that is a frightening feeling. At Happier at Home, we make sure to prioritize the sustenance of independence for seniors for this very reason.
What is the best way to present in-home care for seniors?
The best way to present the extra help to your aging parents is to male it clear that the extra help is not permanent. It is more so a trial to see if the care aligns well with their lifestyle and needs. Highlighting that this care is not irreversible is important. Also, making sure that your senior loved one knows that adjustments can me made is key; trying a new caregiver, trying different times/schedules shows that they are still independent and making important decisions.
Another reason that seniors are resistant to in-home care is the perceived high price associated with the care. Reminding them that this service is only enhancing their quality of life, therefore the money is going to good use.
Tips when implementing in-home care:
A few tips to keep in mind when implementing in-home care for your senior loved one are to stick to their current routine, the less of a drastic change the care brings the more adherent they will be.
Make sure to always communicate the plan openly with them. This includes any changes that may come up.
Enable your senior loved one to make the final call as far as care options go. Present them with various options and choices and allow them to make the final decision, if possible. This is important for maintaining their independence.