Here at Anglia Care, we understand how hard it can be to talk to your elderly parents about home care. A lot of loved ones won’t want to accept that they need help, so we have put together a few tips to help you broach the discussion.
1. Word things differently
One of the most daunting things for your loved ones to hear is that they’re not coping on their own. Instead of saying this, you can speak to them about how they deserve a personal assistant to make day-to-day tasks easier. You can say it’s like having an assistant to the boss in an office. You can also mention that they should be spending more time relaxing than struggling with difficult tasks that someone else can do for them!
Your loved ones will most likely be fearful of losing their independence or dignity when having a home care assistant. You should reassure them that a home care provider will do all they can to make sure your loved one is as comfortable and independent as possible. Home care ensures they stay at home in a familiar environment.
3. Hear them out too
This discussion is just as hard for them as it is for you, so do make sure you are hearing what they need too. They might have certain requests so make an effort to understand what they want and need to come to a solution everyone likes together.
4. Be patient
The reason we have an age-simulation suit on-site is because our care-givers are trained in empathy. When broaching this subject with your loved one you should be patient and empathetic to their worries – not everything is going to be sorted in one conversation.
5. Ask us to come and say hi!
It can be scary for people of any age to have a stranger come into their home to do odd jobs. Set up a meeting with us and your loved one so we can get to know each other. That way, they have a choice in who they’d like caring for them and they won’t feel so out of the loop in decision-making. We can also answer any questions and put their minds at ease if they are worried.
If you need any further advice, please do not hesitate to contact us, we’d be happy to help.