Give an inch, and they’ll take a mile. Admitting a care need can make a senior feel vulnerable and afraid of losing independence. In fact, it’s been reported that more people fear losing independence than death. Experienced senior care agencies, such as Partners in Healthcare, know how to handle these situations—and not only help with finding a perfectly matched caregiver, but also offer advice to overcome objections to in-home care as well.
Below are some tips to help ease the transition:
- Introduce the caregiver before care begins, so the caregiver is not a stranger.
- Find a caregiver with a personality and temperament that complements the senior’s personality.
- Frame the situation so it’s about you rather than the senior. An example would be saying, “I know you are very independent and don’t feel you need extra care at home, but I worry a lot about you and this would help me not to worry so much when I’m not able to be here.”
- Start small, and ask the senior to “give it a try.” Present the idea as a trial. Have someone come in for one day a week for a few hours, to vacuum, take out the trash or wash clothes, and then build up to more care if needed.
- Sympathize and understand the fear and vulnerability associated with the transition. Have serious, compassionate talks with him or her, and realize the first time may not work. It could take a few months before the senior feels more comfortable with the situation.
Partners in Healthcare is committed to delivering exceptional client-centered home care in Orlando, Florida. Together we will make a positive difference in the life of your loved one. Call us today at 407-788-9393, and follow us on Facebook at HomeCareOrlando.