February 21, 2023 2 min read
Although the subject of engaging in-home care services for elderly parents is a critical discussion to have, it is nonetheless challenging for everyone involved. Bringing it up with your loved ones may bring about opposition and frustration and they may be opposed to the idea of seeking external support. Read on for some tips on how we can help to ease your elderly loved ones into being more receptive to home care services.
1. Ensure their independence
Whenever elderly care is mentioned, the biggest concern that comes to mind for seniors is their independence. Many incorrectly associate getting home care with losing their freedom and control over their decisions, which is far from reality. It is essential to reassure them that this will not be the case and that the care they receive will ensure their safety and comfort while enabling them to live independently in their own home for as long as possible. When broaching the subject, make sure to involve them in the decision-making and listen to their point of view.
2. Communicate expectations
Home care is not the same for everyone, and the level of care required will differ depending on their individual needs and conditions. Over time, they will also be changes in these needs and subsequently the level of care required. When discussing the possibility of their changing needs, make space for them to express their concerns and ask questions regarding the care plan. In addition, let them take their time, share whatever boundaries they may impose, and encourage a list of their preferences if necessary.
3. Highlight the benefits
Engaging a professional caregiver can help to relieve a large portion of the daily home care responsibilities of caregiving from family members, such as meal preparation, transportation assistance, and hygiene management. This will allow us to spend more quality time with our loved ones and even improve relationships with ageing loved ones.
4. Include them in the discussions with the care team
When meeting with a potential care team, don’t forget to include your elderly loved ones in the discussion. Make sure to let them know ahead of time of such visitors and encourage them to ask questions so they can be more informed and in control. Most importantly, understand that this is a big change in their lifestyle and it will take time and patience to navigate this conversation.
Easing ageing parents into accepting elderly care is easier said than done. By paying attention to these different aspects above, we will ensure a positive and beneficial outcome for everyone.
Besides hiring professional home care services, getting the right eldercare products is also important to ensure your loved ones age well in the comfort of home. The Golden Concepts offers a wide range of quality eldercare products to maximise independence and mobility in the golden years. Our range of specialised eldercare equipment include lift recliners for the elderly, homecare nursing beds and mobility devices such as rollator walkers in Singapore. Reach out to us today to learn more.
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