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How do I talk to my loved one about bringing a caregiver into their home?

How do I talk to my loved one about bringing a caregiver into their home?

No matter how difficult it may seem, there comes a time when you will have to talk to your aging parent or loved one about hiring an in-home caregiver. Many people in this situation do their best to avoid the conversation, fearing a loved one will respond with denial and refusal or perhaps worse, combative behaviors.

Ignoring the situation because of potential hurt feelings is the worst approach possible, considering health and safety are already at risk for candidates of in-home care. The sooner they can get help taking care of themselves, the less possibility there will be for an accident.

“Ideally these conversations should happen before there is a crisis,” explains generic viagra reviews

ingthe.html” target=”_blank”>PBS on its Caring for your Parents web page. “Usually they are prompted by a decrease in an elder's ability to do certain things she or he has always handled independently. Many elders also find it difficult to talk about these issues—but not always for the reasons you may think. In fact, they may be relieved to talk about their fears and concerns once the issues are raised. Don't assume that you are the only one who wants to talk.”

PBS suggests broaching the topic by saying that you read an article or spoke to a friend in a similar situation. “This helps remind the elder that he or she is not the only person whose life is changing—others are experiencing the same changes and confronting similar issues,” PBS reports.

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