Bloomfield Hills, MI – ComForcare Home Care offers families tips and assistance for having difficult, yet necessary conversations about the safety and well-being of their aging loved ones. As many families travel to visit loved ones for the summer, they have the opportunity to spend time in their parents or grandparents home and may notice new daily challenges their loved ones face when living independently. However, it can be a daunting task to start a conversation regarding these observations because many aging individuals wish to remain in their own home and may be defensive about needed extra assistance. ComForcare offers ideas for “having the conversation” and setting up a way for children or families to communicate their concerns and open an honest and collaborative effort to find the right solution that will enhance their loved one’s safety, independence, and quality of life.
“While it can be difficult to talk to loved ones about their need for home care, putting off the conversation can mean waiting until it is too late and then dealing with emergency situations such as illness or injuries,” shares ComForcare Home Care President, Mark Armstrong.
For the adult children of parents who are having difficulty living at home independently, this can cause an uncomfortable role reversal. You want to make sure loved ones are safe, but you don’t want to treat your parents like children and they do not want to be viewed as unable to care for themselves.
Most of all, it is important to keep the lines of communication open within the family to best determine needs and desires for home care assistance. Here are some ways to ensure everyone benefits from the conversation:
- Begin the conversation now, while you have time to weigh options and a better chance of helping them continue to live independently before serious problems arise.
- Ask questions and listen to your loved ones’ answers. Share what you have observed and why it concerns you and ask what they think is causing the problem.
- Talk with parents and grandparents as you would any other adult. Do not patronize them, and be open to cooperative problem solving. Let them know you are on the same team.
- Emphasize the desire to help your loved one remain independent. Many older adults fear losing independence, so if they know the goal is to preserve it, they will be more open to new ideas and creative solutions.
Once you have the conversation and determine that further assistance at home is beneficial, contact your local ComForcare home care agency for more information. Home care services are personalized to fit each client’s specific needs and can be provided as needed or on an on-going basis to help with daily tasks including personal grooming, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, transportation assistance, and companionship.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services to people of all ages, with offices located nationwide. Each office employs experienced, compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.