Are you wondering when to have the talk with your parents? The one about getting them some assisted living. It’s not easy conversation, but it shouldn’t be avoided.
When is it time to approach your parents about needing help around the house?
Is it time to bring in a home care caregiver?
It’s difficult to watch parents who used to be youthful and vibrant lose the ability to do tasks they once could do with ease. Housework begins to be neglected and you worry they’re not eating right. Most of all, you worry about their safety in their own home.
Fortunately, older adults don’t have to choose between living at home without assistance or a nursing home. There’s an option that’s growing in popularity – home care. How is home care different? It gives seniors who are still in reasonably good health the ability to live at home and still have assistance. Research has shown that up to half of all residents in nursing homes could safely live at home if they had someone to check on them, help them with activities of daily living (ADL) and transport them once driving has become an issue.
Parents who are in reasonably good health are fortunate. They don’t need round-the-clock care. Instead, they need someone to help with activities of daily living (ADL) like shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping, and, if necessary, dressing and bathing. You know with this type of assistance, your parents are still able to live independently. Plus, you won’t have to worry about whether their needs are being met.
Your parents have always prided themselves on their independence and ability to care for themselves and may not be as receptive to the idea of home help as you are. Here are some tips to help you approach the topic with them in a non-threatening way?
Fortunately, many older people enjoy the benefits of home care once they see the burden it lifts from their shoulders and the extra time it gives them to pursue other interests. It’s a way for aging adults to GAIN freedom – and that’s the point you want to get across. Remind them of the many years they have left and the importance of spending it doing what they enjoy. Most people can identify with that.
We hope these tips help you better know when to have the talk with your parents. Don’t stall – Take this important step as soon as you see a need.