Nearly 70% of all Americans that climb above the age of 65 will need some form of long-term care. The signs start to show themselves gradually. First, you notice bruises from accidental falls that never were a problem before. Then, it’s small lapses in memory that result in missing an appointment, or forgetting to pay bills. Finally, your loved one is no longer able to take care of themselves at their previously held standards. These signs, and more, are indicative that your elderly loved one might be in need to eldercare services. Such kinds of assisted living care can provide safety and comfort for your elderly loved one, and peace of mind for friends and family.
However, the idea of entering assisted living homes or getting the help of other eldercare services may be terrifying and overwhelming for your elderly loved one. Because of how big of a decision it is, it’s important to introduce a discussion about eldercare resources gently and with tact.
Here are some conversation points to remember and emphasize when speaking with a loved one about eldercare:
Talking About Eldercare is a Group Decision
Before sitting your loved one down, remember that you are not the only one involved in making such a big decision. And it is not only a struggle for your elderly loved one to grapple with the idea of eldercare. Making sure everyone is on the same page is important to having a positive and healthy discussion, and to rightly proceed in taking the necessary next steps.
Listen to Your Elderly Loved One
Assisted living is a big decision and life change that can be difficult to grapple with. Make sure your loved one’s concerns are heard before making any decision for them.
Discuss All Options
There are many forms of eldercare, and assisted living varies so greatly that no two assisted living facilities are alike. When discussing senior living and assistance, provide a plethora of options. Some facilities have 24/7 support and some promote independent living. Bring all options to the table and avoid having ultimatums. Instead, encourage full dialogue.
Eldercare is a big decision. But with a loving and supporting network, it’s possible to make a decision in everyone’s best interest.