What will you do when you want to be there for your loved one, but you lack time or energy to help and support them on a regular basis? Hiring a caregiver to provide respite can be a key! But it’s not just about hiring any caregiver… it’s about hiring the right caregiver.
But what if mom or dad is resistant to have someone visit and provide assistance?
Resistance to care is undoubtedly one of the toughest challenges when dealing with the elderly. For some people, accepting help from a caregiver means giving up their privacy and independence. Having to adjust to new routines or some people may see it as a sign of weakness. Your loved one may think that he or she is becoming a burden to the family and worry about any costs associated with the care.
Communication is key! It’s not a simple yes or no question that you can get in just a matter of days. In fact, in some instances, this conversation can last for a while. But what is important is to start the communication process as early as you identify that your loved one can get some help with their daily task. Include your loved one in the decision-making. Your loved one should always be the center of every discussion. Perhaps, set up a family gathering or meeting to discuss your concerns and emphasize your reasons to convince them to consider help before their health deteriorates further. Give them some time if they continue to resist but ensure to check back on them after a week or so and make sure that they understand that you and the family care about them and their well-being.
These are sample activities that companionship care involves…
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