“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” –Hugh Prather
It happens in but a minute, sometimes less than one. An event transpires that changes the course of a life for days, weeks, or even years. It may be something as simple as a phone call or as severe as an accident. For some, change is not something to be overcome, but something to be embraced. For others, it is a ledge leading to a steep ravine that they can barely look at let alone descend. If your parent falls into the latter group, you may need some support and tips when it comes time to getting help for them on a daily basis.
What Ails Them
Your parent may be suffering from a chronic illness or increasing pain that has left them unable to perform the everyday tasks of living. They may have experienced an accident or undergone a surgery. Whatever their situation, it has become clear that they require assistance around the home, and you will be the one addressing this concern.
Senior Care Provider
The good news is that senior care providers have walked down this path before. They understand that some people carry reserve and uncertainty when it comes to having a stranger enter their home on a daily basis. They know a few tricks of the trade that will help your parent adjust and ensure that the once stranger becomes a close ally and friend.
Tips to Aid Your Parent’s Acceptance
- Make them a part of the decision process. Your parent may feel as if their independence and physical or mental abilities are slipping a little further away each day. Requiring the aid of a senior care provider on a daily basis may feel like the last straw—the final conclusion—the admit to defeat. In actuality, it is far from it. In many instances, a senior care provider may be just the added support and incentive they need to make necessary lifestyle changes that they’ve been avoiding or enjoy more social outings that seem to be on the decline. Make your parent part of the process by including them in any interviews and let them have the last word.
- Make the first day fun. Ask most senior care providers, and they will suggest that the first day is a get to know you day. It’s a day to enjoy each other’s company, including a favorite activity of your parents. In this way, your parent comes to correlate their new senior care provider with an enjoyable experience. Yes, there will certainly be days of tasks and errands interlaced with social outings and enjoyable activities, but the first day is the precursor of what is to come and lays the groundwork for a successful relationship between care provider and those they care for.
If you or an aging loved one are considering in senior care in Charlotte, NC, please call the professional staff at Caring at Heart today at (704) 379-7510. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail