Beginning a conversation about care at home can be daunting, especially if you are determined to remain as independent as possible. So, how do you go about it?
Think About Your Needs And Goals
Sit down away from distractions and think about the things you need a little extra help with. You do not have to share your thoughts with others at this stage, but it is important, to be honest with yourself. Do you want more day-to-day assistance around the house? Do you have health needs that are becoming increasingly hard to manage?
Perhaps you are finding home finances difficult or are losing the confidence to drive. These types of issues can be upsetting to admit to. But, by bravely identifying your own need for home care, you also pave the way to set new goals and increase your control.
What Type Of Person Are You?
Some of us like to speak plainly and are open to all sorts of feedback from those around us. Others are more private and find it difficult to discuss sensitive topics such as the need for a little more support. Ask yourself honestly, what type of person am I?
There is no right or wrong way to be. But, once you acknowledge to yourself how you are feeling about home care, you empower yourself to take the lead when discussing the idea with others.
Think About The Family And Friends That Surround You
We face many losses as we age, and it is not uncommon to find ourselves becoming more isolated. However, if you have close family, it can be especially helpful to keep them in the loop when thinking about live-in care and other home care options. They might agree that it is a good idea, or they might offer to provide some additional help at home themselves.
Do you want this? Consider how others might react BEFORE you have the conversation and you will be better prepared to be clear about your own thoughts and plans.
If In Doubt, Chat To Your GP
Remember that your family GP is ideally placed to advise about your health and arrange for social care assessments too. They can give you an objective view which can act as a useful tool when explaining your own decisions about home care to family members.
Thinking about home care services? Think about your own hopes and aspirations first, then talk to those that love you.
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