If you are an adult child struggling to assist an aging parent with the activities of daily life, it might be time to consider professional in-home care. Professional in-home care is one of the best ways for helping seniors safely maintain their independence while living alone. One of the biggest challenges for a family caregiver is talking with a parent about accepting help.
Many seniors are reluctant to admit that they need help or are resistant to accepting it from a stranger. Some family caregivers have found it beneficial to explain what home care is, talk about how it can help and let their senior loved one meet a few of the people who you would consider hiring to help them.
Understanding In-Home Care Services
Many older adults see accepting the support of a professional caregiver as a loss of independence when, in fact, it is one way they can still remain in their home. Home care aides can help with routine tasks such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, dusting, vacuuming, laundry and running errands. They can also help seniors who need an extra hand with bathing, dressing and other personal care tasks. Some aides can transport clients to medical appointments, shopping trips, community outings and more.
Talking with Your Aging Parent about In-Home Care
Here are a few pointers you can use when you sit down to have that first talk with your parent about home care:
- Let them know upfront that you understand how important it is for them to remain in their home and to maintain their independence.
- Explain some of the services an in-home care provider can do for them.
- If you have specific concerns, this is the time to respectfully share them with your aging parent. For example, if they fell trying to take the laundry down to the basement where the washer and dryer are, talk about how that made you feel and how a professional caregiver can do that task for them.
- Share how the agency you are considering goes about hiring, screening and training their employees. That may help reduce some of their fears about having a stranger in their home.
- Ask them what tasks and activities they honestly feel they are struggling with and how a home care aide can help make those easier.
If your aging parent or senior loved one is resistant to giving home care a try, it might help if you interview a few agencies and their caregivers together. It will give them a chance to meet the person who would be helping them out and to have their concerns addressed by a professional. For family caregivers who live out of town, a care manager can also be employed to oversee that the care the agency is delivering and to make sure your loved one is getting the service you are paying for.
With a little education and a lot of understanding, home care can be the right solution for the senior you love. Need more tips on helping your aging loved one? Call ACM Care at 877.323.5916 and we will be happy to help you!