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Having the Talk: 4 Things to Remember When Broaching the Subject of Senior Companionship


Even though we try to spend our time wisely, we still find ourselves scrambling to finish all of our responsibilities each day. It’s hard to balance everything in our lives, we always end up tipping the scale more than once. We try to allocate time for work, for friends, for ourselves, and for family equally but it’s easier said than done. To say that one’s responsibilities are overwhelming would be an understatement. If you’re looking after a senior family member and you feel like you can no longer look after them, maybe it’s time to have the talk. It’s okay to admit that you’re having a hard time, we all need help every now and then.

Home With Help, a provider of non-medical Personal Care Services in the Greater Scottsdale, Phoenix AZ, would like to remind you of the following when talking about getting your senior loved one a caregiver:

  • Let them have a chance to speak
    This one might be too obvious, but sometimes we tend to get carried away when we propose something to someone else. Try not to get hurt when they seem skeptical about what you’re telling them. Perhaps you can tell your loved one to say what they want to say after you finish talking. This is helpful so that your train of thought won’t be interrupted and at the same time, your loved one will be able to formulate any questions or insights they’d like to share.
  • Do your research
    When you have the talk, it’s a good idea to bring up potential prospects of caregivers. It will give off the impression that you’re not taking the matter lightly. Your loved one will appreciate how prepared you are. If you’re from Arizona, Home With Help is something you’d want to look up. We are a provider of In-Home Care Services in Phoenix, AZ. If you’re having a hard time narrowing down your options, see if the company shares the same vision that you stand for.
  • Empathize
    A lot of people don’t immediately warm up to the idea of having a caregiver to take care of them. They might find it difficult to be comfortable with someone who they don’t know, especially if they’re used to only being around family and close friends. Put yourself in their shoes, that way you’ll be able to address any concerns they have that they’re too shy to say out loud.
  • Be soft but firm
    Emphasize to your loved one how much you need help. They might not be aware of how much you’re struggling to balance all of your responsibilities. Talk to them about it in a soothing and gentle manner, but also be firm with your words. Clear communication is always the key when it comes to decisions that can affect the entire household.

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