If your aging parent is like many seniors, they've been in their home for years. This may even be the home they've lived in their entire adult lives. This can make it very difficult to think about moving out of that home and transitioning into a new one. As a family caregiver, however, it's important to recognize that your senior could gain many benefits from transitioning into a different home. These benefits can include bringing them closer to you, saving them money, and helping them to stay safer through eliminating dangerous features, or finding a home with safer features. Taking the time to talk to your aging parent, and prepare them for their move can help to make the experience smoother and less stressful for both of you.
Use these tips to prepare your parent to move:
-Explain to them the benefits you see in them moving into a new home. Try to avoid discussing any negative issues, and instead focus on positivity. For example, instead of saying that they've been having trouble using the steps in their current home, emphasize the convenience and ease of moving into a home that is only one story.
-Listen to what they have to say, and acknowledge their concerns. Address each concern specifically so they know they've been acknowledged, and can feel better about each issue.
-Encourage them to help you search for their new home, and use their input as much as possible. Remember this isn't just a house where your parents will live. This will be their home, and you want to make sure they will be comfortable and happy there.
-Reassure your senior that this move is to enhance their quality of life, not diminish it. Discuss how much you will be in the home with them offering care, and how elderly care can further improve their lifestyle after their move.
-Encourage your senior to think about the fun elements of moving, including choosing paint colors for their rooms, or selecting new decorative items.
-Acknowledge the emotions they are going through, and validate them. Make sure they know you don't think they're being dramatic, or petty, and find ways to help them cope with these emotions effectively.
How can home care services help?
If your aging parent has developed new challenges and symptoms, your own personal limitations have made it so you are no longer able to meet their needs, or you simply feel they would benefit from more diverse care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them.
With elderly care, a professional care provider can step in to fill care gaps, support an independent and fulfilling lifestyle, and help your senior stay as safe and healthy as possible throughout their later years. As their family caregiver, knowing your aging parent has an elderly home care services provider in the home with them can give you a tremendous sense of peace of mind, and confidence. With this type of care, you know your parent is in good hands both when you are with them, and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Calera, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...