Telling a loved one they need care is not an easy task. It is a common occurrence, embarrassing for the elder and sad for you, especially when the elder doesn’t want to come to terms that it is time. It is important to stress the fact that there are safety issues, especially if your loved one lives alone. Senior neglect and falling are facts of life and common occurances that can be prevented with the assistance of a Caregiver. Caregivers are trained make sure the ones you hold dear are in a safe environment. Very few seniors feel and/or admit publicly they need help.
Instead of dwelling on the negative, put a realistic positive view on it. Explain that there are trained Caregivers to help and assist with everyday activities such as: prepare and serve their meals, light cleaning, taking to and from the doctor, as well as chores in and out of the house. Supermarket and pharmacy stops are routine for them and most importantly companionship. Studies show being alone increase symptoms of depression which can progress any illnesses your loved one may have.
Waterproof Life Alert wrist bands and the like are critical pieces that can save lives. Any reputable Caregiver Agency will recommend this during an assessment. EvergreenChoice based in New York City does free assessments and intensive in-home safety checks.
A last important fact is to stress that you care about them, want them safe. Always make sure that the Caregiver is through a licensed Home Healthcare Agency. Don’t just hire your neighbor’s friend. They are not properly background checked, insured or trained, with the appropriate medical records to render proper care.