Three Tips for a Smooth Transition to Home Health Care
It’s a common issue for many families. Busy sandwich generation caregivers being pulled in a million directions as aging parents struggle with the gradual loss of independence.
You begin to notice things slipping around your mother’s house, but even the most subtle mention of bringing in help yields harsh opposition. Mom just isn’t ready to welcome a stranger into her home with open arms; however, you are no longer able to handle everything.
Here are three tips for beginning the transition to home health care.
- Bring in a housekeeper for just a few hours each week. Let your loved one share in defining responsibilities; he or she is more apt to accept help with household chores than personal care. Allowing time for a relationship to form will make adding additional services less traumatic.
- Be honest. Tell your loved one you’re struggling with everything you have on your plate. Explain how much you worry and that it would help alleviate your concerns to know someone was coming in to help with medication and meal preparation while you are working. Including them in the interview and selection process will increase their comfort level.
- If all else fails, consult with a geriatric care manager for tips on how best to handle your specific situation. A trained professional will evaluate your loved one and help design and introduce a suitable care plan.
Home health care is a great way relieve some of the pressure you, the primary caregiver, are feeling. Contact us to learn more about our services. We look forward to providing personalized, compassionate care that will give you peace of mind and allow your loved one to remain independent for as long as possible.