Some people seem to be stubborn. Perhaps you’ve noticed this with your elderly mother or father or possibly a grandparent, spouse, or sibling. You see the writing on the wall. You know they would be much better off and safer if they just relied on home care services.
You’ve done your research. You know about a wonderful, experienced, and dedicated agency not too far away from their house. It’s not only experienced, but affordable. However, it seems that every time you bring up the topic you’re met with resistance.
You respect their wishes.
Even though you don’t agree with their decision to avoid home care support, you respect their autonomy and independence. You are fully aware this is ultimately their decision to make. Still, you worry about how they get along on their own, you’re possibly growing tired of repeatedly going over to their house to help them with one thing after another, or just want them to enjoy life more.
You understand a home care aide could be just what they need to do this.
So how do you convince an elderly person to at least consider home care options? There are a few things to keep in mind that may actually work.
First, ask their thoughts on the subject.
They may have various misconceptions about home care services. If you don’t take the time to ask questions, how could you possibly understand the reasons for their dismissal about looking into home care services?
Second, be certain to listen to what they have to say.
Communication is a two-way street. Unfortunately, especially in our modern society, we have a tendency to forget that. We talk and we recommend and we discipline and we advise, but we don’t listen enough. When you ask about their thoughts, make sure to listen. There will likely be some clear reasons for them not considering home care more seriously.
Third, have facts and statistics about the benefits of home care handy.
When you’re talking about home care, have evidence to support your claim that this would be the best option for them moving forward. If it’s just an opinion, then theirs is just as reasonable as yours.
Finally, encourage them to speak to an administrator.
An administrator from a home care agency can answer a lot of questions more succinctly than you might be able to, unless you have direct experience with these types of services. When this aging person gets the opportunity to ask questions and realizes what home care involves, he or she may be much more inclined to consider it to keep them safer and maintain a higher quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care for seniors in Dix Hills, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.