Is Mom Nervous About Accepting Help at Home? Try These Conversation Starters. posted on: 05-07-2014

Determining when your elderly loved one needs some extra help in order to remain safely at home can be tricky. Even trickier is convincing that elderly loved one to agree that it’s time for some assistance. If you’re sensing the need to initiate a conversation about bringing in a home caregiver, first check out our free guide, knowing_when_to_get_help selecting_an_in_home_caregiver fee_schedule10-08 nrhc_info; then, try some of these conversation starters to broach the subject with your loved one in a gentle, non-confrontational way.

If you notice increased frailty…

“I love you very much and I’m worried about your safety and wellbeing. I know someone who can help us with tips to make it easier for you to get around the house and remain as independent as possible. Can I have her come over to talk with us?”

If there’s a risk of falling or difficulty with mobility…

“I’m worried about you falling and hurting yourself when there is no one around to help. I know someone who can come and give us tips on how to make you and your home safer from falls. Can I set up an appointment for her to come over and talk with us?”

If you notice declining personal hygiene…

“I think it may be time to have someone come to help you out at home with a few things. Let’s work together to come up with a solution that makes us both comfortable. We can work together to select your caregiver and I won’t leave you with someone you feel uncomfortable with. The agency and I will make every effort to find someone who shares similar interests with you and before you know it, I bet you and your caregiver will become good friends.”

When your loved one can no longer drive…

“I know you miss the independence of having a car and being able to get out as often as you would like. If you hire a home care assistant for a few hours several times a week, you could do the things again that you’ve been missing, like shopping, visiting friends, and running to the bank.”

For many, accepting help at home can feel like giving up independence. However, at North River Home Care, we’re here to partner with you to help make life not only safer, but more enjoyable and fulfilling for your elderly loved one as well. Call us today at 781-659-1366, or download our free information packet to learn more.