Making the decision to transition your loved one into a care program that is right for them is a big deal and should not be taken lightly. When a senior can no longer live on their own, the decision regarding how and who will care for them may arise. According to an AARP survey, “76 percent of adults 50 and older want to live in their home as long as possible. Yet as their physical, functional or cognitive needs mount, some are reluctant to accept the help they need, which can compromise their safety and eventually jeopardize their ability to stay in their home.” Change can be a difficult thing to accept, especially for a senior citizen; which is why it is important to properly prepare a senior for this next phase of his or her life. However, senior care can be a difficult thing to process and your loved one might be resistant. So how can you help accept and make them understand why care services is the best choice for them?
Find out why they are resistant
Trying to force someone into care will never be an easy task to complete and is not recommended. Many times people are afraid of change or losing their independence, nobody likes to feel helpless. As a family member or caregiver, make the effort to help your loved one feel empowered by letting them make decisions as much as possible. A good way to resolve this issue is to avoid using the concept of independence by making the statement of, “everyone is dependent on each other at some point.”
Help them understand
When searching for the most appropriate form of senior care for your loved one, there are many options to choose from, each designed to suit the unique needs and preferences of senior citizens and memory care patients alike. Two of the most common forms of senior care are independent living and assisted living. Though they are similar, there are intricate details of each that make it a unique form of care. By getting your loved one involved in choosing the right kind of care for them can make them feel more comfortable with accepting care. Take a look at the unique differences between independent living and assisted living together and discover which may be best suited for you and your loved one.
Have a primary doctor assist
One of the warning signs that a senior is declining and may need senior care is due to medication errors. If you notice that your loved one can’t remember what medication he or she is taking can be signs of misuse of prescribed medication. This should be explained to their doctor or health care provider, which in fact could be a great time to mention the possibilities of getting care services. Doctors are looked at as authority figures which may make your loved one more willing to accept help.
It can be a difficult task to take care of our beloved elders. When a senior can no longer live on their own, the decision regarding how and who will care for them may arise. At Poet’s Walk, a Spring Hills Memory Care Community we provide customized care and understand that the best type of care is care that meets the needs of an individual’s mind, body, and spirit. We strive to prevent functional decline by ensuring our clients eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and properly manage any chronic illnesses our residents might have.