If you’ve been thinking about having a conversation about home care with a senior, you want to make it as easy and productive as you can. You don’t want to overwhelm your loved one with too much information, but you do want to make sure your message gets heard. An effective way to start this dialogue is by having someone experienced in South San Francisco senior home care join you.
The experienced and professional staff at the Institute on Aging has had many such conversations with seniors and their families. We’re happy to report that those who’ve gone on to accept home care services are usually much happier, safer, and satisfied with their choice than they thought they would be. But it’s important to know how to approach the senior on this subject, and get the ball rolling – the right way.
Starting a dialogue about South San Francisco senior home care
When it comes to starting a home care dialogue with your senior, the IOA has some seasoned tips you may be interested in. While it’s fine to include others in the conversation, try to limit the number of people who will be present. If they are present, make sure they have a close relationship with the senior; you want him or her to know you’re coming from a place of care and love.
Voicing your specific concerns typically comes next (don’t worry – our care managers can help you go over how to do this). If they’ve been struggling with making meals for themselves, tell them you’re worried it’s affecting their health. If they can no longer drive to medical appointments, explain your fears that they’ll miss important discussions with their doctors. If they need assistance with something as basic as self-care, gently suggest that getting help at home can make things easier for them.
The goal here isn’t to make the senior instantly accept the reality of their situation. Rather, it is to encourage them to consider outside help – even if it’s just on a trial basis.
Types of South San Francisco senior home care to consider
As long as your senior still has the capacity to make their own decisions, the choice of whether or not to start home care is completely up to them. Many times, just hearing this is enough to set their mind at ease and make them more receptive to the idea. If your loved one lives in the South San Francisco zip code of 94080, IOA can provide the following:
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Sometimes, it comforts seniors to know they can always change their minds about accepting home care. However, the truth is that once most start services with the IOA, not only do they continue, but they wonder how they ever did without them!
Please contact the Institute on Aging at 415-750-4111 or 650-424-1411. Our client service specialists are available to address your questions and concerns, and assist you in deciding on the right course of action to help the special senior in your life.
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