When it comes to initiating a conversation about health care needs with your family members, it can be difficult for everyone. How do you start a conversation with a loved one regarding their health, finances, and end of life issues? You want the dialogue to be positive but these topics are not easy to discuss. If not handled in the right way, these conversations can lead to more unnecessary stress. If you need help communicating with a loved one to find out what level of care they require, the team at Nova Home Care can help. We’ll break down a few things you should do to begin the communication process.
Tips for Communicating With Loved Ones Regarding Their Health
In order to avoid some of the frustration of communicating with senior loved ones about their health needs, consider these tips:
Gather information about their living situation
You can sometimes get a sense of the level of care a loved one needs simply by paying attention to the way they are living. Are bills being paid on time? Is there an increase in spoiled food around the house? Keep an eye on whether they are having trouble doing tasks they could once do on their own. If help is needed, you may be able to tell just by paying attention.
Don’t let personal bias cloud your judgment
Avoid making your loved one feel judged or pressured. You want the dialogue to be as level headed and honest as possible. Stick to the facts and let them tell you how they feel about their health and what they need.
Get others involved
If you are communicating with a parent or relative, get siblings or other family members involved in the communication process. In some cases, seniors may open up more to different people and you can get a better sense of what they are really feeling. Discussions with the whole family can also be beneficial.
Lead positive discussions
The best way to have a conversation with your loved one is to listen instead of responding. You want to express your concern but you want them to come to the realization that they need in home care assistance instead of pushing the idea on them.
Be ready if your loved one is not receptive to in home care assistance
If they are resistant to your suggestions regarding assistance and home care, take a step back instead of pushing your loved one. Try framing the situation in a positive manner such as explaining that in home care will allow them to stay in their own home and be independent.
While seniors can be resistant to change in their old age, more often than not they will be grateful that you notice and care that they need assistance. Exploring options together can also make them more open to the concept of in home care. Contact Nova Home Care today to learn more or to set up an initial consultation.