It’s not easy witnessing a mother’s or father’s health declining. Yet, as people get older, this is what will happen. The older a person is, the more likely he or she is going to face an increasing barrage of health issues and potential physical limitations.
When you begin noticing your mother or father beginning to have trouble, having to visit their doctor more often, receiving a growing regimen of prescription medications, perhaps needing to be hospitalized for major surgery or for an illness, it’s time to begin looking forward.
We can all spend time wishing things were different, but if we do, we miss out on opportunities to make the future a little bit better.
Home care is a great topic to discuss.
Your aging father might be fiercely independent. Your mother may be woefully stubborn, at least in your estimation through much of your life. Whatever the case may be, they may dismiss any topic of home care, at least for a while.
Still, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the topic altogether. In fact, the earlier you discuss it, the more information you can bring up and the benefits can become clear over time.
Your aging parent may not agree to home care at the moment, and that is his or her right. You can’t force somebody to accept a home care provider. All you can do is encourage them and do the best you can to support their decision.
However, most people dismiss home care because they don’t understand enough about it. They assume it will either be too expensive (it’s not, it’s actually the most affordable long-term care option available) or you have to hire somebody for full-time, around-the-clock care. You don’t. Through an agency, you can hire somebody for just a couple of hours at a time, even for as few as one or two days a week to start.
What if that aging parent simply shouts down the topic?
At the moment, they may be in denial about their abilities or what the future may hold. You aren’t going to browbeat somebody into submission.
So, for the time being, do the best you can, but learn everything possible about home care in your area. Contact a respected, qualified agency and discover what they can offer this aging parent in your life.
The more information you have on hand, the more readily you’ll be able to convince them that it truly is the best option, once they realize they can’t keep going on without experienced support and still be safe and remain at home in the future.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Arvada, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.