When we need conversations about general living arrangements or care programs, we need to sit down, consider all alternatives, and decide the best option. But there is a human element that affects the quality of the discussion.
As a provider of home care in Plano, Texas, we have witnessed families having some issues discussing getting care. Families or primary care providers have relayed their difficulty getting their senior loved ones to sign up for the care while other clients exhibit a more cooperative approach.
The conversations about getting senior care can be straightforward for some or complicated for others. The effective conversation considers the patient’s profile and situation. Instead of jumping immediately to the discussion, you can prepare your loved one for the topic at hand.
Understand how your senior parent feels about getting assisted living services. How open are they? Have they voiced any concerns or worries? Prepare the details that your loved one may have questions on and be clear on their concerns.
When you feel you have the information needed, find the right timing to bring up the discussion. Are they in a positive mood? Is there a recent call for help? Are they getting more open about getting help?
During the discussion, it is important for your loved ones to feel their opinions are valued. Pay attention to their words and ask them their goals. Explore options together or work on alternatives that both meet your agenda.