He wasn’t really asking for too much help, but when Reginald finally admitted to himself that getting around the house was becoming more difficult, he reluctantly called one of his children who lived in the area. His adult daughter was 48 at the time. He was 81. She had been worried about him for a while and constantly mentioned home care support services, but he brushed that idea off.
“I can take care of myself just fine,” he would say.
And, for the most part, he was correct. However, things were changing. He noticed it. It was becoming much more difficult for him to get out of bed, to go to the store, or to take care of his property. He was slowing down and every task seemed to take longer and longer.
It was getting frustrating, to say the least. So, when he finally called his adult daughter and asked for help, she told him it was time to seriously think about home care aides. “Why can’t you help me?” He asked her.
She told him that she would love to be there to support him whenever she could, but she has so many things going on with her career, traveling for her business, community involvement, and so on. She couldn’t foresee being able to offer him much more than minimal help every few days, at best.
“That’s fine,” he said. However, she helped him realize that was not fine, that he needed a lot more than this. She finally turned the conversation around and asked him, “Dad, why are you so against the idea of home care services?”
What he said in answer to that question actually surprised her. She realized he had a lot of misconceptions about these services. He didn’t know very much about them and assumed too many things. He had seen certain news stories in the police blotter from across the country, but when his daughter informed him that the vast majority of these caregivers are truly kind, honest, compassionate individuals who would want the best for him, he started opening up to it.
Another concern of his involved cost. He was worried about the cost of home care support services. His daughter told him this was the most affordable long-term care option there was and it would allow him to stay home and still do the things he enjoyed doing. When he realized he might be able to continue taking care of his property because somebody would be there to offer some physical assistance to him, he opened up to the idea of it and eventually hired home care support through an agency.
From that point on, he felt more positive, hopeful, and ambitious and he thanked his daughter profusely for encouraging him to see the truth about home care.
If you are considering hiring home care for seniors in Lexington, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
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