Life is full of tough conversations, and exploring the idea with a senior in your life about the need for some extra help at home can be one of them. The idea of losing independence is hard to accept, and occasionally seniors flat out refuse to talk about it. In order to help prepare for this conversation, we have broken down some of the most common reasons for care needs and have come up with language to help you more easily approach those conversations. If you try one approach and it is unsuccessful, give it some time and try another; this process can take time.
Trouble with Getting Around the House
“Mom, I have some extra money. What do you say we find someone to help you with some of the bigger cleaning jobs at home like vacuuming and changing the sheets? It would make me feel good to treat you.”
Trouble with Medications
“I don’t know how you manage to keep all of those medications straight. I’ve heard about these medication dispensers that tell you when to take which medicines and even dispense the correct dosage. Wouldn’t it be great to have one of those? I know someone who can help us with that.”
“Lately I’ve noticed that it seems hard for you to keep up with the housework the way I know you like it. Can we talk about why this is happening?”
“Since Dad passed away, I noticed you are losing weight. For a little while at least, I think it might help to keep your nutrition up if we have someone help you with meal planning and preparation.”
For even more conversation starters, click here. To learn more about whether personalized home care assistance in California is right for you, contact Visiting Angels at our Fremont office: 510-284-0000 or at our Sunnyvale office: 408-735-0977. We provide senior care services throughout Santa Clara County as well as Fremont, Union City, Hayward, Newark, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Alameda.