In your role as a family caregiver, you will make a wide variety of important and potentially challenging decisions.
One is if the time has come to move your aging loved one into your home with you and the rest of your family. There are many reasons why this might be a good move, and if you have come to the decision that it is right for all of you, having an open and honest conversation with your family is a critical step toward putting the plan into place.
Use these tips to talk to your family about your senior moving into your home:
-Be confident in your decision before you have this conversation. This should not be a debate or an attempt to change your mind. Rather, it should be your presentation of this plan to your family and the opportunity to discuss how it will work for all of you. Show this confidence and quickly direct the conversation to this goal rather than any hesitation.
-Explain clearly and thoroughly why you believe this is the right choice. While respecting your senior and their privacy, give concrete examples of challenges your parent has faced and explanations of why this move will help them and you as their caregiver.
-Emphasize the benefits of this move, including the extra quality time you will all get to spend together, and the less time you will have to spend away from home caring for your loved one.
-Encourage children to get involved in making the home welcoming for your senior and making modifications to help them settle in, such as choosing where they will keep their favorite books or how to decorate their room.
-Reiterate that your parent moving in will not change the entire dynamic of the family and that you will still continue to maintain your lifestyle, including any special habits or rituals you have. Keeping up your schedule, such as having family dinner nights or going out bowling once a week, is important to maintaining your quality of life and also your family bonds with your children and partner.
Senior care can be one of the best decisions you make during your time as a family caregiver.
When you bring a senior home care services provider into your parent’s routine, you aren’t saying you don’t want to care for your parent or that you don’t care about their health and needs. It is quite the opposite. Instead, you are making a choice that supports your parent in living the life that is right for them while maintaining their health and safety.
The services of a senior home care services provider are totally customizable, which means your loved one gets what they need when they need it. From transportation to mobility support to meal preparation, this care provider can fill care gaps, diversify care, and help your parent feel more in control of their life as they age in place.