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Helping Your Aging Parents Accept Home Care Help

It is no surprise that, if given the choice, most of our aging parents would choose to stay at home (referred to as aging in place). Many seniors successfully age in place because their adult children and caretakers are able to provide them with home care solutions, which may include everything from a live-in companion to a nurse who checks in daily and administers medications.

Helping your parents accept care
The best way to get your aging parents to understand how valuable home care solutions can be to their desire to age in place is to show them the advantages. Rather than your parent having to go to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, he or she can remain in the home, spend far less money, and have a trained individual come to the house. If your aging parent is concerned about a “stranger” providing intimate care, perhaps you can suggest a home care solution in which the care provider does more to help with noninvasive services like transportation, housekeeping, grocery shopping and meal prep. The idea, of course, is that once the caregiver is there and your parent becomes accustomed to the person, your parent may allow that person to help with more things as the need arises. However, because the industry continues to experience a high turnover rate, do not expect the same person to always be your parent’s care provider.

Focus the need on you, not them
Another approach is to focus the need on you, not on your parent. Let him or her know that you are overwhelmed with your responsibilities and feel guilty that you cannot always provide the care you know your parent needs. Explain that it makes you feel better to have a home care solution in place for when you cannot be available. Rather than making your aging parent feel like he or she is losing independence, present it as your needing the help.

Discuss with your parent’s physician or a geriatric care manager
You can also have a discussion with your parent’s physician.  If the doctor agrees with you, he or she may be willing to tell your parent that it is now necessary to have home care assistance. You can also discuss the situation with a geriatric care manager, a licensed professional with special expertise in making these assessments.

There is nothing easy about assisting your aging parents in growing old or convincing them to accept in-home care. It is a challenging and difficult transition to make, from being the child to being your parents’ caregiver. Realize that your parents are not angry with you; they are simply frightened of losing their independence. Do your best to be understanding and patient during these discussions.

 

Source:  http://www.parentgiving.com

Contact Pure Home Care Services at (586) 293-2457 today!  If you live in Sterling Heights or the surrounding area, we can help you care for your loved ones.

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