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Talking to Your Parents About Home Care

January 7, 2022

We’ve just made it through another holiday season, where you most likely found yourself spending extra time with loved ones. For many adults, it can be difficult to see our parents getting older. You may worry about your loved ones living alone at home and wondering whether it’s time to talk to your parent(s) about senior care services.

At Best Care, we specialize in setting up quality home care services for those in need of support, including but not limited to:

  • Senior home care
  • Pediatric home care
  • Disability home care

We also provide unparalleled support to family caregivers. Because we focus on both sides of home care, we understand the struggles that may arise when looking into aging parent support.

If you worry your parent(s) may not be able to live independently without a caregiver, you may wonder how to start the conversation and get them the help they need in time for the New Year ahead.

This blog post will provide tips on how to talk to aging parents.

Avoid Saying They NEED Parent Home Care

When you start the conversation, remember to discuss it as a benefit rather than a problem that needs fixing. A key piece to note about adult home care services is that it allows loved ones to live more independently in their own home. It provides them with personalized, non-medical care for their daily needs, so they can continue to perform everyday tasks and live life to its fullest potential.

In the same way, avoid talking about the risks you and your parents might be facing. Listing all the potential dangers and risks that they could experience will only serve to scare them and will probably produce a negative reaction. This is not a good way to start off home care, especially when you want their first impression to be positive.

Ask for Your Parents’ Opinions

Instead of forcing the decision on them, ask your parents for their thoughts and how they feel about having someone around the house to provide professional home care services. While you may think you know what’s best, your parents are the ones who will need to live with what you both decide. 

If they feel uncomfortable with an element, try to find a solution that ensures their safety and comfort while not pushing their boundaries. For example, many seniors are against having live-in care, but they would be more open to a daily or weekly visit from a professional.

You can always start small and then work up, once your parents are more used to the idea of home care.

If your parents are not yet open to the idea, or if they seem unsure, you may want to share some resources, so they can learn how senior home care works. Best Care offers valuable information and resources to help educate both caregivers and recipients of care.

Focus on the Advantages

There are multiple benefits to having home care services for loved ones. In fact, home care not only ensures a better quality of life for your parent, but it also gives the entire family peace of mind! Knowing that your loved ones are safe, well cared for, and looked after is what home care is all about.

Thinking of it as something that benefits the entire family, rather than just one individual, can help everyone become more open to the idea.

Bring in an Impartial Person

To help keep the conversation neutral, you can also try to bring an impartial third party into the conversation. This might be a trusted medical professional who your parents already know and like, or another family member or friend who can help share their opinions.

Having an extra person also helps to make it feel like more of a conversation, rather than you talking down or prescribing a new way of life to your parent.

For more information on our services, or for any questions you may have, feel free to browse our website, email us at info@bestcaremn.com, or call us at (651) 330-2550. 

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