Accepting In Home Care
When those closest to you can no longer take care of themselves, you want to do your best to help them. And when your time and resources become scarce, the best way to help them is often in-home care.
Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done; many elderly people insist that they don't need or want in-home care. Consequently, those who care for them may not want to force the issue - even though delaying or denying in-home care can have serious health consequences.
Getting Older Loved Ones To Accept In-Home Care
Why do our older loved ones resist in-home care?
There are many reasons, but here are three of the biggest:
We all want to maintain our independence and dignity, and this is especially true of our older loved ones - they become sensitive to being self-reliant as they begin to need help with more and more daily tasks. Help from you or other family members may be accepted, but introducing a "stranger" into the picture can increase feelings of lost independence to a new level.
Even when something becomes impossible to do without any help, your loved one may insist that it's not a problem, just so they can retain the idea that they don't need assistance. Your loved one could be reluctant to admit everyday tasks are getting more difficult.
Understandably, many older people have anxiety about letting someone they don't know into their home. Concerns about safety, comfort, and privacy all play a part in making the thought of in-home care seem frightening.
How can you get your older loved one to accept in-home care?
In-home care comes in many different levels, from a few hours a week to more intensive care. The caregiver doesn't have to be there all the time - especially at first, when your loved one is most sensitive about maintaining independence. This will help the elder feel that for the majority of the time, he or she is still not reliant on anyone.
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