Thinking of your loved ones getting older and more dependent on others might not be easy to think about, but it is a fact of life that must be considered. Even if you have heard horror stories from other families that have hired in-home care professionals that have not worked out, it does not mean that all cases are horrible. When proper planning is executed, everyone can feel in control and good about the decision made.
Keeping it Friendly
Rather than telling your loved one what they are going to do or even what they should do, keep them involved in the decision. When you plan early enough, your loved one can help you decide how care should take place in the event that they need help. This makes your loved one feel much less pressured when the time does come that help is needed.
Meet your Loved One’s Goals
As your loved one ages,try to keep in touch with is or her goals. If it is their desire to stay in their home, then it is a good idea to discuss with them what type of help they are willing to accept. When they are unable to drive, will someone that comes in to assist with the errands and other driving responsibilities be acceptable? You should also discuss things such as getting help with housework, managing medications or simply a companion to spend time with them. If you know your loved one’s goals ahead of time, you will be able to eliminate some of the stress of obtaining help when they get older.