It’s not always easy to figure out what somebody else is thinking if you don’t sit down and have an honest conversation with them. When a senior may be struggling with their own basic care at home, they might call on a family member, neighbor, or close friend for help. This assistance is usually minimal, at least at first. Eventually, though, they might require more and more help. While the topic of home care options may come up from time to time, it’s important to understand what the elderly person thinks about it, what their impression is of it, and how they could benefit from it.
Communication is a two-way street.
When sitting down and having a serious, open, honest conversation about any topic, from home care to healthcare, it’s necessary to realize that this is a two-way street. Many family members, especially adult children who are worried about the safety and well-being of their aging parents, may have a tendency to dictate conversation, telling them why home care is so beneficial, explaining their concerns, but never really understanding what that senior thinks about or expects of home care options.
Learn to listen.
It’s essential that people learn to listen better. Talking is one thing, but people simply don’t learn anything new when they are the ones talking all the time. We only learn when we stop and listen.
When talking about the prospect of hiring a home care aide, looking into a visiting nurse, physical therapist, or some other home care options, ask questions. Ask the senior, “What do you think about this?” Ask the senior, “Do you have any concerns about home care?”
They might have a number of questions. They might be inclined not to ask them because they think they’re stupid, they think there’s something wrong with them for even contemplating dismissing the notion of home care.
While home care is one of the best senior care options there is, if a person is not inclined to rely on a professional, experienced caregiver, that is their choice. This doesn’t mean family and friends have to sacrifice everything to look after them, though. When seniors realize there are other options besides putting themselves at risk or constantly calling on friends, family, and even neighbors for help with various things throughout the day, they have no excuse for being in a compromising situation.
When loved ones learn what an aging family member thinks or expects about home care, they will be in a better position to encourage them to consider this moving forward.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Princeton Junction, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.
The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.
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