Helping Elderly Loved One’s Adjust To Home Care
When seniors have a difficult time adjusting to Home Care, the number one reason is fear of losing their independence. This fear makes it extremely difficult for family caregivers to get an aging loved one to agree to outside assistance from a Certified Home Care Agency. If you find your loved one is less than thrilled about in home assistance, the following tips can help your loved one adjust to home care.
If your elderly loved one is resentful about the idea of Home Care it is important, and fair that you understand why. There are many misconceptions when it comes to home care. Knowing why your loved one is against in-home care before care is initiated can be very helpful when trying to adjust to having an in-home caregiver. When Home Care was first offered as an available service to the senior population, majority of Home Care recipients were terminally ill. Now, modern Home Care services accommodate for numerous situations such as simple companionship a few hours a day, or around the clock care for more serious illnesses and situations. Clarifying any misconceptions before services start will make adjusting to Home Care extremely easier.
As a family caregiver, you want your elderly loved one to know why you think in-home assistance is a good idea. The most prominent reason family caregivers seek outside help is because they no longer can dedicate the time an elderly loved one requires. There is no reason you should feel bad about this. As an adult child, you most likely have responsibilities such as a career, children, pets, etc. However, it is extremely important that you do not make an elderly loved one feel as if they are, or will become a burden to you. Mental stability, the desire and will to live can be negatively affected when an elderly loved one feels they have burdened you.
Stay In The Loop
Another reason seniors find themselves conflicted when it comes to accepting in-home care or any long term care options is the fear of abandonment. An elderly loved one may feel their family will no longer visit them because they no longer have to take care of them. As a family caregiver you are probably relieved at the thought of outside assistance, taking care of a loved one can be stressful and time-consuming. To help your elderly loved one adjust to Home Care reassure them that you will still visit them and be a big part of their life. However, now that outside assistance has been initiated you will be able to spend quality time with your loved ones rather than care for them.
Start With Part Time Care
Seniors have a difficult time adjusting to Home Care when they have to start with 24 hour services right away. In most situations there is a need for part-time care before 24 hour care must be initiated. Starting with part-time care still allows the senior to have independence. This allows transitioning into 24 hour care much easier when 24 hour care becomes a necessity. A few hours of care a day, 3 times a week can go along way. Not only will this part-time care relieve a family caregiver, it will also give your loved one time to adjust to an outside caregiver.
Helping an elderly loved one adjust to Home Care may seem impossible at first. The professional Caregivers at ALN Senior Care & Home Services will makes this transition as easy as possible for yourself and your loved one. We provide the passion, care & expertise your loved ones need to remain at home and age in place. Call us today at 937-335-3941 or visit www.alnseniorcare.com to schedule your free in-home assessment.