Talking to Your Loved One About Home Care Services

Are you concerned your loved one may not be as healthy as they could be living at home alone? Many family members across the country have been especially tuned into their loved one’s health this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. This means you might also have been paying more attention to your loved one’s weight while on your latest video call or have noticed they have been wearing the same outfit the past three times you have visited.

If you are worried or concerned about your loved one’s physical or mental health, in home care services in Maryland can be an excellent solution. However, you might be struggling to find a way to bring up your concerns. 

Benefits of In Home Care in Maryland

Home care services, like those that CaringGivers offers, provide additional assistance from trained caregivers to seniors living at home alone or with a partner. Having a friendly caregiver to provide a helping hand with meal preparation, personal hygiene, or other tasks brings a variety of benefits to the senior and family:

  • Peace of mind knowing someone is there regularly and in case of emergency
  • Extra socialization, which can decrease health consequences of isolation
  • Better nutrition
  • Safer medication management and follow-up
  • Better personal hygiene and care

Starting the Conversation

If you think home care services would be a good option for your loved one, it starts with having a productive conversation. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

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Talking about home care services with your loved one doesn’t have to be a difficult conversation.
  • Don’t plan on having the conversation only once; you might need to reapproach the subject a few times before your loved one is ready to listen.
  • Jot down your specific reasons for thinking home care could be a good option before you begin the conversation.
  • Research your loved one’s insurance plan to see if home care services are covered. You can also research Veteran assistance.
  • If your loved one becomes defensive, gently stop the conversation and move on to something else. You can always approach it again later.
  • Bring up your worries with your loved one’s physician; sometimes seniors will take recommendations easier from their doctor.
  • Involve your loved one with the process from the beginning, including allowing them to interview potential home care agencies.

Let CaringGivers Make the Transition Smooth

Sometimes, seniors are worried about having a caregiver in their home or they may become anxious that asking for help means they are frail. You can give your loved one the opportunity to see what home care is all about by starting out with respite services or with just an hour every week. During this time, our CaringGivers team gets to know your loved one and begins to form a meaningful relationship with them. We’ll show your loved one that when our caregivers are there to help, they provide a helping hand around the home and are always there for a good conversation.

Call our team today to learn more about our services. We would love to hear more about your situation and your loved one so that we can provide personalized recommendations for them.

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