As many as 3 million Americans 75 and older require assistance with some activities of daily living, so the children of older adults may have to prepare themselves for the likelihood of their parents requiring home care. While such services can be helpful, some seniors may resist. However, there are a few steps family members can take to convince their loved ones to accept assistance.
The biggest issue many seniors have with home care is the idea that it’s a loss of independence. Not only that, but they feel there is a stigma attached to any sort of assistance around the house.
There are several ways for family members to get their loved ones to accept help, and the most important thing for them to remember is to zero in on their parents’ habits. Experts at AgingCare.com recommend that family members closely observe what their loved ones do around the house, and to only offer help on the specific tasks they need assistance with, whether it is driving, meal preparation or homemaking.
It’s also important to broach the subject in the correct way. Seniors certainly do not want to be told what type of care they need, and having the conversation framed in a way that challenges their independence can do more harm than good.