Many elderly adults need to have someone to help them around the house when they find themselves in a situation where they can no longer take care of themselves. In-home care is the right solution if you don’t have the time yourself. But some seniors find it hard to adjust to having someone to help them. A new person in their lives, despite the need, will take time to gel with an older adult. Here are a couple of ways you can make this transition more comfortable for your loved one.
Talk About Their Independence
When the time comes for in-home assistance, you will need to sit down and talk to your loved one. What seniors fear the most is that they will no longer be independent when in-home help arrives. You must convince your elderly loved one that a caregiver is there to help them, not to make decisions in their name.
Let Them Meet the Future Caregiver Before In-Home Care Starts
If they are skeptical about this service, you should try to set up a meeting between your loved one and their future caregiver. Try to arrange the meet-up outside of the house in a restaurant or a coffee shop. By doing this, you will give your senior the chance to judge the person that should help them and to make an assessment of the person they will spend most of their time with.
Create Realistic Expectations
You should give your senior a chance to write down the things that he would love for his caregiver to have or not have. But make sure that they keep touch with reality in order to not have issues with their caregiver before the in-home care begins.
Outline the Positives
If older adults are having trouble adjusting to in-home care, they will only see the negatives. Be sure to point out to them all of the positive side effects of this type of care. In the end, they need to understand that the caregiver is there to help them and make them feel better.
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