Changes in life happen all the time. Most of the time we don’t anticipate or really want these changes, but we have to roll with them all the same. When people get older, reach their Golden Years, there may come a time when they have difficulty living on their own without physical or even emotional support.
For these elderly men and women, home care is a valuable resource.
Adjusting to this new way of life, becoming comfortable with this stranger coming into their house, could take a while. There are steps that can be taken to help alleviate the stress and anxiety of this type of situation, and ultimately make the transition a bit more comfortable. Let’s talk about some of these tips now.
Tip #1: The senior needs to be open to the idea.
If an adult child or other individual is basically forcing this person to accept home care support, they will most likely either be withdrawn or combative. Either way, it’s going to create tension and that is not going to provide a great deal of comfort for anyone, the client or the provider.
If a senior is refusing home care support, their family and/or friends need to respect that. If an adult child, for example, is getting worn out trying to take care of this individual, they certainly have every right to step back, but they’re going to worry about safety. Sometimes, though, tough decisions need to be made in order to help convince this elderly person to at least consider other options.
Tip #2: Learn about what to expect.
Many people have misconceptions or preconceived notions about home care services. It’s best to sit down with somebody from an agency and go over exactly what happens, on a usual, daily basis.
When the elderly client has a good idea of what to expect, he or she will likely be a bit more comfortable with the situation itself.
Tip #3: Get to know the aide.
The senior should be included in the process of hiring somebody, which could include meeting him or her, asking questions, and determining whether their personality will mesh well with the elderly client.
Tip #4: Address concerns respectfully.
If the senior or his/her family have any concerns whatsoever, they should address the home care aide or agency in a respectful manner. Being combative, accusatory, or otherwise rude is only going to exacerbate problems. It could also turn small, minor issues into major situations.
By following these tips, seniors can often be more comfortable transitioning to the idea of relying on home care support.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Plainview, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961
Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.
Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.
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