When a loved one needs help with daily activities but is not ready to move to a nursing home, in-home care is sometimes necessary. Talking to your loved one about in-home care can be difficult depending on how much help they think they need. It is important to work any concerns you have into daily conversations. This way if an emergency were to arise they would already have someone there to assist them with their needs or it would be easier to transition them into accepting help.
These key points can help you talk to loved ones in the most effective way possible:
Ask questions: Asking loved ones questions about their needs can be very beneficial to understanding how much help they desire. Asking them about their difficulty with day to day activities, their struggles or challenges can sometimes be very telling as well.
Be positive: Staying positive about in home care can be important because it helps loved ones be positive as well. Talk about the positive advantages of in home care. In-home care can be less costly, is much more personal because the care provided is one on one and is in the comfort of their own home.
State the facts: Knowing the facts of in home care is important. Here are just a few statistics you should know:
According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, approximately 12 million individuals are accepting help from home care providers like Dynamic Nursing.
One out of three adults ages 65 plus or older fall each year.
Around four million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
About five hundred adults aged 65 + are injured in car accidents every day.
Not only should you be stating facts like this, you should be telling loved ones facts about themselves. If they fall, let them know. If they do not seem as engaged, tell them. If they have trouble remembering something, talk to them. Explain these facts nicely because it can be hard to understand, especially if they do not notice what they are doing.
Get advice: Before jumping into in-home care, talk to a professional about why someone might need assistance. Ask any questions you might have that have not been answered yet and figure out if in-home care in the best option available for your loved one.
For more information on In-home care and Dynamic Nursing look at our frequently asked questions page http://www.dynamicnursing.com/about-us/faq/ or call us at 800-955-911.