For some people, just a simple visit to their doctor can be described as a ‘nightmare.’ Some people are just never going to be satisfied, no matter how much you do to accommodate their needs and desires. And that’s okay. But when it comes to home care, something that could be a tremendous benefit for aging seniors, there are some who will repeatedly refuse to even consider it or make it something positive.
As a loving family member, such as an adult child, brother or sister, or spouse, is there anything you can do to help this aging senior experience home care in a more positive light? There might very well be.
One of the keys to understanding why some people have negative impressions about home care is what it seems to symbolize. And end of life. Or, perhaps more accurately, and end of the senior’s life as he or she knew it before.
That does not have to be what home care is or how it’s viewed. In fact, when aging seniors who have certain health issues, injuries, or limited mobility rely on a caregiver they can actually improve quality of life. As you can see, then, it’s not about end-of-life, but improving the quality of it.
How can you portray this to the aging senior in your life?
That can be a difficult prospect, for certain. However, there are a few ideas you might keep in mind that can help him or her see the value in this type of support services and view it from a completely different perspective.
First, help them see the things they can still do.
They might need help with some basic tasks of everyday life. Maybe you or somebody else in the family has been providing that level of care for a while. An home care provider can step into support them as well.
This could not only avoid some potentially uncomfortable situations with more intimate details, like bathing or toileting, having a friend or family help them do these things, but also free up their time with those family members and friends.
That means instead of depending on the people closest to them emotionally for those basic tasks, they can spend more quality time with those individuals because home care has helped them with those other details.
Second, focus on the things they can still do with the help of home care.
There may be certain activities this senior would love to do, but doesn’t see them as possible because of their physical limitations. With home care, though, they may very well be able to do certain things still.
If they are helped to focus on the things they could still do, even if they have to depend on somebody else to do them together, that can be a valuable asset in getting them to see the positive rather than the negative aspects of caregiver services.
At the end of the day, positive experiences are about what we can still do, not what we are missing out on. That’s how to make home care be a more positive experience.