Starting the Conversation
How to Start the Conversation About Senior Care for Your Loved One in Charleston, SC
Addressing an aging parent, close relative or family friend with concerns you have about their health, safety, and well-being is not easy, and the conversation can be very difficult. Discussing senior care is often uncomfortable for all parties involved, as your loved one may be confused, hurt or reluctant for care; however, it is important and necessary to ensure your loved one continues to grow older, and with the highest quality of life. There are a host of factors to consider when beginning such talks that will affect the entire family.
Timing is Everything
When should you have the conversation about senior care? It is honestly never too early. Rather than waiting until your loved one’s health is deteriorating, do it when they are of sound mind and body. By proactively providing your aging parent with information related to care in the future, he or she will be less surprised by the conversation and assures them that they have had some say in what the latter stages of their life will look like. Many caregivers and family members have experienced resentment from their seniors because they feel as though they have no control over their own lives. By including your senior loved one in an early, open conversation, they will have a chance to provide their input and express their desires.
Location, location, location; where the conversation takes place matters. The atmosphere in which you decide to have the conversation about senior care for mom or dad should never be intimidating, where they will feel as though the family is ganging up on them. It should be calm, familiar, and in a family-oriented place such as someone’s home or a private venue.
Designate a Leader
Someone has to lead the discussion. And this decision tends to be the most difficult for families with more than one adult child. Prior to speaking with your elderly parent, arrange a meeting with the people closest to the senior and select a point person. While the responsibilities can be shared, there has to be one person everyone can look to for details, organization, and instruction. Discuss your primary concerns related to your senior loved one’s health or safety, weigh different scenarios and responses, and have questions ready.
Support is Imperative
Show up, because it matters. It speaks volumes to loved ones when their relatives tell them they care but seeing actions match words resonates with them. The same is true when the senior care conversation begins. Involve everyone close to them. Show them they are not alone, and will not be alone even while receiving professional care.
Do you need more advice or help planning the discussion? Contact us or call (843) 574-7474 today! At Comfort Keepers of Mt Pleasant, SC, we understand the many questions that may arise when having this conversation, and our staff is available 24/7 to answer any senior care questions, comments or concerns. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
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