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In-Home Care Tips and Advice

The Approach to In-Home Care: Tips & Advice

As an individual ages, he or she may lose the ability to perform certain day-to-day tasks required for independent living. However, despite their diminishing abilities, many seniors are reluctant to move into a nursing home, especially when their cognitive function remains intact. If someone you love is aging and experiencing a loss of independence, address the situation by following the elder care tips below.

1. Approach the individual with compassion.

No one wants to admit that they need help. When you approach your loved one, be gentle and compassionate. Don’t force the issue if your loved one seems too upset by the conversation. If the person becomes too emotional or angry, just bring the issue up again another day.

2. Be respectful.

Don’t be patronizing or condescending when discussing the need for elder care. Although your loved one may need help, consider his or her pride as you approach the issue. Be respectful and treat the person as an equal.

3. Be prepared for the individual’s response.

During this initial in-home care conversation, your loved one will likely experience a range of emotions, from sadness that his or her life is changing to relief that the issue is finally being discussed. Be prepared for all of these reactions and respond with kindness and understanding.

4. Form a plan together.

Although you may already have an in-home care plan for your loved one in mind, consider that the individual may have ideas of his or her own. Discuss the situation openly and listen to any preferences or suggestions your loved one presents. Make sure your loved one knows that his or her comfort is the ultimate priority. Form a plan for elder care together that addresses your loved one’s needs without taking away the individual’s control over his or her life.

5. Consider multiple elder care options.

Although many people believe that elder care always involves a nursing home, various elder care options exist for seniors who can no longer live independently. If your loved one can still perform some tasks on his or her own, consider part-time or in-home care options so that your loved one can keep his or her independence as long as possible.

6. Modify the elder care plan as needed.

As time passes, your loved one’s elder care needs may change. When this occurs, re-evaluate and alter your plan to accommodate these changes. When re-evaluating your loved one’s elder care plan, remember to approach the issue with the same compassion and respect you showed your loved one when the plan was initially made.

In some cases, you may be able to provide the in-home care your loved one needs on your own. However, as the individual ages, providing care may become more difficult, especially if you have other responsibilities. If someone you love is in need of help, consider hiring a caregiver.