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How to Communicate Effectively with Seniors About Home Care

By Debbie Waddell, 9:00 am on

It can be a challenge for seniors to admit they need assistance, and an even bigger task to help them adjust to the idea of in-home care. Some seniors are not open to the thought of strangers coming into their homes and assisting with personal tasks. If you take time to speak together about caregiving options, you can help your elderly loved one openup to thinking about home care. Try these tips for effective communication, brought to you by the staff at Home Care Assistance of Placer County, CA.

Establish the Caregiving Relationship

When you choose a home healthcare provider, you will want an organization that hires experienced, professional, and outgoing workers. Establishing a relationship and building trust are two of the biggest factors that can help your loved one accept a caregiver in his or her home. Let your loved one know it is okay to have doubts and express them. Assure him or her you want to do everything you can to choose the best caregiver possible, and find a home care provider that takes extra measures to match up their clients with the right caregiver. 

Discuss Hourly and Live-In Care

To help ease the transition into home care, start off with hourly care. Talk to your loved one about some of the daily activities they might need some help with, like cooking, cleaning, and transportation. This gives your loved one time to adjust and maintain independence, instead of suddenly having 24-hour care. However, some seniorsmay not be able to live on their own for any period of time, which means they need live-in care. This does not mean your loved one will be immediately open to the idea, so make sure to talk about all of the ways he or she will benefit from having someone there to help during all hours of the day.

Explain Backup Care

Especially for seniors who require live-in care, there will be times when the primary caregiver will not be available and the home care provider will need to send substitutes. Introduce your loved one to the aides that serve as backups to the primary caregiver and explain why having a backup is necessary. Your loved one will likely feel more comfortable after getting to know everyone who will be taking care of him or her throughout the day.

Seniors who need outside care tend to thrive better when they are able to remain in their homes, which is why you should do everything you can to help your loved one accept home care. When you communicate with your loved oneabout home care options, he or she may become more open to having a caregiver in the home. If you have questions about what kind of home care your loved one needs, give Home Care Assistance a call. We offer hourly and live-in care in Placer County, with customizable care plans to best meet your loved one’s needs. For more information, please call one of our Care Managers at 916.226.3737 to schedule a complimentary consulta

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