Getting Started with Senior Care Services: How to Tell Mom and Dad
No matter where you are in the journey of family caregiving–just starting to anticipate the need and plan for the future, researching senior care services, or coordinating a big move–having some best practices in place to guide you and your loved one can make the process much easier.
With that in mind, today’s post shares some tips for those just getting started with senior care services or long-term care planning. Read on for a brief walkthrough of some important steps that will get you started on your caregiving journey.
Starting the Long-Term Care Conversation
Many people wait for a crisis before sitting down to talk about their aging parents’ values, preferences, and long-term care goals. This is a mistake–those who wait for crises to occur end up rushing their decisions, scrambling to get their finances in order, and generally have to endure more stress than those who plan ahead.
Of course, broaching the subject of senior care can be tough. It’s much easier to put off these difficult conversations, especially when we’re all leading busy lives. Sometimes, our aging parents may be embarrassed by their dependence.
But you may be surprised to learn that your loved one has been meaning to have this talk, too.
When you’re ready to tell Mom and Dad, remember these tips:
- Ease into the conversation. Don’t launch right into this talk. Bringing up senior care services or assisted living all at once can be overwhelming. Your aging parent may be caught off guard and embarrassed by the insinuation that they’re no longer independent.Instead, ease into the conversation by finding natural ways to bring up the topic of long-term care and planning. You might asks for advice on estate planning, or bring up a news story you saw about how important it is to gather important financial papers as you age.
- Put their wishes first. Once you’ve broken the ice, make sure your loved one understands that senior care services are all about making their life better. Make it clear that you prioritize their preferences and will respect their wishes throughout the process. You may find them quite excited to get started!
- Be persistent, but respectful. Be prepared to encounter (and counter) resistance–some people are private or proud by nature and simply won’t want to talk about it. But be persistent. If your first talk doesn’t go well, try again. Start small and always be respectful if they ask to talk about things another time.
- Call in some backup. If your loved one constantly shuts down your long-term care conversations, consider bringing in a trusted family friend, doctor, or faith leader to approach them about the situation.
Finding Qualified Senior Care Services in Katy, Texas
Once you’ve got the conversation started, we recommend continuing your long-term care planning with the ABC SW Houston (Katy) team.
For over 20 years, we have been caring for seniors in Katy, Texas. In that time, we have helped thousands of families enjoy peace of mind, greater independence, and improved quality of life by pinpointing their place on the care continuum and delivering superior care. Moreover, our president Guido Cubellis has developed strong relationships with physicians, hospitals, pharmacists, social workers, and senior communities–so even if we can’t help, we know someone who can.
Continuing the long-term care conversation is easy with Always Best care SW Houston (Katy). We sit down with your family and aging parents to develop a custom care profile that details your loved one’s specific needs, preferences, and budget, then recommend assisted living facilities or senior care services that fit.
If you’re ready to get started with a free consultation, visit https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/tx/katy/ or call 281-231-2813.