A middle-age man shares a dance with his aging mother at a wedding reception

One of the toughest challenges faced by adult children of aging parents is having “the talk”. Many seniors resist the idea of having a caregiver enter their home. The reason has less to do with the aging process and more to do with a feeling that they are going to lose their independence. 

Approaching this topic with your loved one takes a great deal of thoughtfulness. If not handled with sensitivity, it could make future discussions even more difficult. However, there are a few subtle steps you can take to make the discussion more successful. 

Emphasize Their Independence

As we mentioned above, seniors are typically apprehensive about at-home care services because they see it as the first step toward losing their independence. It’s up to you as the adult child to explain that the help of an at-home care professional may actually help them remain independent for a longer period of time. 

Using tact, explain how the help of a home care professional can help prevent accidents or emergency situations that could result in injuries that could negatively impact their independence. Help them understand that dismissing at-home care actually puts their independence at great risk. By looking at home care from this perspective, aging parents may realize that this concept is more appealing and actually beneficial to prolonging their independence.  

Be Honest About Yourself

Caring for your aging parents or a loved one can be worrisome. Like many adult children, you often put your aging loved one’s needs before your own. This is not healthy. Neglecting your personal and professional obligations can cause fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. Ultimately, if you keep following this path, you can negatively impact your health and well being. 

Be honest with your parents. Let them know that you constantly worry about them living on their own – and that this worry is taking a toll on you. They can help relieve you of this worry by considering help from a home care professional. If you know that an in-home care specialist is frequently visiting and assisting them, you’ll have peace of mind. 

Consider a Trial Period

Even after carefully discussing the ways home care services can benefit their independence and your well being, your aging parent(s) may still be on the fence. One of the best ways you can help them better understand the benefits of home care is to ask if they would consider a trial period. 

By acquiring a home care professional for a short-term period, your aging loved ones will experience the first-hand benefits of their assistance. This scenario can help relieve their anxiety and convince them that at-home care services are a wonderful solution for everyone in the family. 

Ask the Professionals at Keen Home Care

If you’re still having trouble convincing your aging parents that home care services are the best option for their wellness and independence, you may need to seek some help from a professional. The experts at Keen Home Care are more than happy to meet with you and your parents to discuss the many ways our services can help your family. Our team can discuss all of the available options, answer any questions you and your parents may have, and build trust with your family.

If you’re ready to discuss home care options in the Long Beach community, the experts at Keen Home Care are ready to help! Contact us today to learn more about our home care services for aging parents and loved ones.

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