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Bringing Up Home Care to a Reluctant Parent

Home Care for Seniors in Wind Gap PA

Approaching the topic of home care support services with an elderly parent is not always easy. In fact, for some, it can be downright nerve-racking. Adult children and other loved ones assume this senior is going to have a fit, get angry, and maybe even belligerent if the simple notion of home care support services is brought up.

Think about what happens if it’s not discussed.

Home Care for Seniors in Wind Gap PAWhile this might make it seem easier to just gloss over or not even bring up the topic of home care or the options available to the senior, it’s a good idea to think about what may happen in the event they don’t have proper support.

There’s a reason why an individual begins considering home care for an elderly parent. They see the warning signs. They see the safety issues. They may even hear about slips and falls in which the parent was, thankfully, able to escape injury or serious disability.

By ignoring these challenges, safety risks increase.

People who avoid bringing up the topic of home care options with an elderly parent aren’t necessarily avoiding the topic for their sake or to avoid an argument, but they assume there’s no way they could possibly convince this loved one to consider relying on an outside caregiver.

How do you begin the discussion?

The first thing to do is address safety concerns. If a person is concerned about the safety and well-being of their elderly father, for example, there has to be at least one reason why. In most cases there are plenty of reasons.

Talking about the concerns a person has about their loved one, noticing them shuffling down the hall, stumbling from time to time, or having extreme difficulty getting up from a recliner, for example, may cause agitation and irritation, but it lets the senior know people are observing the challenges they already know they’re facing.

Next, learning about home care options is essential.

Anyone who tries to bring up the topic of home care options with a loved one but doesn’t know anything about it is going to be facing a mountain of a hurdle.

It’s important to learn as much as possible about home care options before bringing it up with a potentially reluctant parent. That reluctant individual will have plenty of arguments against it, and if someone is ill-equipped to answer questions or counter those arguments, how could they convince anyone, much less a senior, that this is the best option for their future?


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Vicki & Brian Day

Home Helpers of Northern Lehigh Valley is locally owned and operated by Vicki Crow and Brian Day. We have experience and knowledge of issues that seniors and their families face every day. Prior to owning Home Helpers, we had over 40 combined years of sales and business experience. We experienced firsthand the value of professional in-home care and our ownership of Home Helpers is our way of providing senior care services to families in the Northern Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. We provide the same level of care and attention to detail that we would expect for our own family. We chose to get involved with non-medical home care based on personal experiences that both myself and my husband experienced with our grandparents.My grandmother lived alone and my father lived over 500 miles away, when she suffered a stroke she needed extra help around the house.My father and his brother were able to find a care giver that would come in and help around the house, provided companionship and above all else a safety net for my father and my uncle to know someone was checking in on Grandma.When Grandma suffered a second stroke, the caregiver found her and got her the help she needed. We know there are a lot of families like ours that need that peace of mind of knowing someone is helping a loved one when they can't be there.

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