Elder Care in New Canaan, CT - When It's Time to Talk to Mom about Home Care, Don't Put it Off
If you are like the majority of Americans, your mother or father (or both) probably had ‘the talk’ with you when you were a child. It might’ve been some time during adolescence or in your later teenage years, but that ‘talk’ was probably uncomfortable for you as well as for them.
Now that your mother is considered a senior, if she is having trouble tending to her own basic care at home, has certain health issues, or is at risk for one reason or another, it might very well be time to have your own ‘talk’ with her. This talk, however, is about elder care.
For millions of Americans, discussing elderly home care is not a topic they really want to talk about. That’s because far too many people associate their elderly loved ones and the need for assistance on a regular basis with their own mortality. Worrying that a loved one is reaching the end of their life can cause depression and anxiety.
However, it is a good idea to realize that even though your mother may be in her 70s or 80s and is beginning to show signs that she needs assistance getting around, bathing, preparing meals, getting to doctor’s appointments, and much more, that doesn’t mean it has to signify the end of her life. In fact, while she may be doing less because of her limited physical capabilities, with the proper elderly home care in her corner, she may actually be able to get out and do more, experience new activities, and discover new joys in life that you could envy her before long.
How to start the conversation regarding elder care with a loved one.
The best way to bring up the topic of elderly home care with a loved one, such as your aging mother, is to discuss various activities that she may want to do, may have given up for one reason or another, or even exploring possibilities and once you can begin to show her that it is still possible to do some or many of those things, then talk about elderly home care.
There are other elder care conversations that you may also want to avoid, but it may be necessary, such as adult incontinence. No matter what elder care topic it is, it’s better to have that conversation sooner rather than later.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in New Canaan, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.