When is the right time to begin talking about home care, either with your spouse, an elderly parent, or somebody else you care about? This is not easy to figure out, and if you are a bit premature, your suggestions could be met with resistance, and that’s putting it mildly.
Below are four potential ways you might know that now is the right time to begin talking about various home care options. This does not mean the senior is going to agree, but the sooner you begin discussing this topic, the more likely they’ll start to think about it and that can get them realizing this could be beneficial not just for their safety, but their overall quality of life.
1. You simply don’t have time to help.
Maybe you’ve been helping as much as you can, but you have a job, you’re raising children, or you have other responsibilities. Perhaps you only live half an hour away, but in traffic that can be 45 minutes or even close to an hour, each way.
If you don’t have the time to devote to supporting this individual, and do so consistently, it’s a good time to begin talking about home care options.
2. You’re completely burned out.
You can’t take much more. The stress you’ve been dealing with as a caregiver and in every other aspect of your life has simply been too much. You’re burned out and it’s starting to show.
You’re losing your temper, you’ve become unfocused, and now you’re finding any excuse you can to simply avoid stopping over to this person’s house.
3. The senior has fallen.
If the elderly person who leans on you for help has fallen, even if it was minor and even though they may have escaped any type of injury, it could be a sign of things changing. As we get older, we lose muscle. When we lose muscle, we lose strength. When we lose strength, it becomes more difficult to maintain our balance, whether we’re going up and down stairs, getting into and out of the shower, or simply getting up from a chair.
4. The senior’s quality of life is poor.
You know he or she is missing friends. You know they’ve given up a lot of activities that used to be so important to them. When these things begin happening, quality of life can be an issue. If you notice quality of life diminishing for this elderly person in your life, it’s time to talk about relying on support through home care agencies.