Often, when a person we care about needs help, you are more than willing to step in and do whatever is possible to offer assistance. When you have an aging parent who is dealing with health issues, chronic health conditions, recovery after surgery or a major medical emergency, or was injured in a slip and fall accident, you will be there for them. You might not think much about elderly care, not until the moment arrives when it is absolutely necessary, but just because you see it as necessary doesn’t mean the senior is going to agree.
We need to listen better when discussing elderly care.
How often do you actually listen to your aging parent when discussing their challenges, struggles, and needs? You might worry more about their safety, but your elderly mother or father is trying to express their desire to maintain a higher quality of life.
They might not understand what elderly care is. They may have no idea what it offers. You might not, either.
The majority of Americans only have a vague idea about what elderly care is. They just don’t know the details about it. If you don’t understand the details or the true benefits of elderly care, how can you possibly express that to your aging parent?
On top of that, we tend to focus more on safety first.
Sometimes, that’s all family members worry about. It is certainly a vital topic to consider, but that’s not the only thing that matters. If you are so concerned about the safety of this aging parent that you talk about elderly care, you might not be listening to what he or she has to say.
There are going to be a lot of clues into what they are experiencing, what their doubts and concerns are, or what they would like moving forward in their life based on their body language, the words they say, and even the frustration they might exhibit.
When an aging senior is struggling with daily life, they are worried about losing independence. They don’t want to lose their autonomy, their ability to pursue activities they enjoy.
Elderly care can help them continue with these things, but you need to make sure you listen to what your aging parent is telling you. When you do, you will likely find the common ground you need to make this commitment together and help them improve quality of life and safety at the same time.