Getting your loved one to accept they need care at home

Prash Patel

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Find out how we can maintain your loved one’s independence while allowing you more freedom to enjoy

Getting your loved one to accept that they need help to continue living in their home can be challenging. Many older or vulnerable adults prefer to carry on as normal instead of getting the support they need.  

Unfortunately, as they age, their care requirements change. Health problems can develop rapidly, increasing the time you must spend caring for them. 

If you don’t have other responsibilities, that might be okay. But if you are juggling work, family and extra-curricular activities, it can feel almost impossible to do everything. Often, you end up feeling exhausted and wiped out. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. Using our external help for your loved one gives you the best of both worlds: more free time and a guarantee that they have the support they need to maintain their independence. 

While it might be a big change for everyone involved, choosing carers often means you and your loved one can enjoy a higher quality of life. You can connect as a daughter or son instead of just being a caregiver. 

Why external support is so powerful

External support for your loved one is powerful for several reasons. 

Continued independence

For example, external support enables you to offer your loved one continued independence. Your loved one can remain in their home and continue living in an environment that makes them feel comfortable and secure. They can also go on trips and get back to the things they used to love doing, like going to the garden centre or on club outings. 

Peace Of Mind

On top of this, support also gives you peace of mind. When professionals provide care, you know your loved one is getting the best help.  

More Quality Time Together

You can also look forward to more quality time together using our help. Instead of spending the whole day emptying bedpans, preparing meals, and helping with showering, you can focus on having more fun and doing activities you both enjoy. 

How To Approach The Conversation

Naturally, external care is a sensitive topic. Some loved ones might find it hard to accept they need extra help around the house. 

Therefore, be empathetic when having this discussion. Explain your motivation is to improve their quality of life and keep them safe. 

Also, talk about the benefits that getting external support will offer. Say things like, “We can have more time together to do the things we enjoy” or “You won’t feel as worried if I’m not here if we get carers.”

Introduce the notion of using external support slowly. For example, start by suggesting that carers visit once or twice daily and then go from there. This approach can help ease anxieties and build their new routine slowly. 

If you are looking for external support to take the burden of care off your shoulders, speak to our friendly team. We offer various services, including dementia care, post-op care, meal preparation, and homemaking, to keep your loved one independent.

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