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How to Talk About Senior Home Care

The mere mention of the word “care” may bring fearful and even angry reactions from some seniors, and denying the need for assistance with daily living tasks is quite common. Most seniors are fully aware of changes in their health and physical abilities that are causing concern among their children, and reluctance that may seem like stubbornness or hardheadedness is likely fear of losing their independence. However, there are ways to approach home care in Boca Raton without eliciting an ornery reaction from a loved one.

Choose Language Carefully

One mistake that is often made when discussing home care is too much prequalification before anything of importance is actually said. Instead of approaching the subject in a round about way, start out with a concise statement about how much additional care could help your loved one, and stress that the care would be provided in the comfort of home according to your loved one’s regular schedule.

Come Armed with Facts

Be sure to have the who, what, where, when and why covered along with the cost of both live-in and hourly home care before broaching the subject. Having these specific details will help your loved one understand the type of care you’re suggesting and prevent them from refusing care because they’re unsure about who will be in their home and when or because they’re concerned about the bill. It’s also helpful to have information on whether private insurance or Medicare covers any of the costs when presenting the plan for a senior’s home care.

Redirect if Nursing Homes are Brought Up

Reassuring seniors that home care has nothing to do with assisted living or nursing homes is important. Make it a point to reiterate that the option of home care is being presented to avoid the need for more advanced care. Point out that professional home care services for seniors can help protect against common issues that require seniors to need advanced care in a nursing facility.

Be direct, be clear, and have costs, coverage and payment options arranged in detail before the subject is brought up. Walk away from the conversation if your loved one becomes stress or agitated, and leave the facts behind in written form. In most instances, a couple more days will not make a difference, and you can revisit the subject again later. Although these conversations aren’t the most pleasant, they are necessary for the continued safety of senior loved ones.

If you’re looking for home care options for your senior loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance. In addition to hourly and live-in care, we provide specialized Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care in Boca Raton. Our caregivers are experienced, highly trained, and pass an extensive background check before employment. Call (561) 826.9282 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a trusted Care Manager to learn more.