When you begin to notice the red flags that care at home is necessary for someone you love, it’s rather common for that individual to balk at the idea. After all, acknowledging the necessity for help isn’t easy, especially for a person who appreciates their independence and privacy. Yet what do you do when a family member is the one in denial about the need for home care?
Why Would a Family Member Deny the Need for Care in the Home?
Denial is a coping mechanism employed to safeguard against feelings of helplessness or concern about an impending change. Your family member may feel much more comfortable sticking their head in the sand in order to maintain status quo. Or, they may not be as familiar with the day-to-day care of the senior as you are, so they are not seeing exactly the same concerns.
No matter the cause of the denial, there are several strategies to help you to see eye to eye and make certain the older adult you both love receives the necessary care and support.
Also, be aware that it can be useful to start home care services slowly and work up to more services over time. For example, Amy’s Helping Hands can begin with preparing meals, light housekeeping, and running errands or providing transportation initially. As the senior and caregiver form a bond of trust and companionship and the benefits of home care become more apparent, it is then easy to add in more hours or extra care tasks, for example, assistance with bathing and personal care needs.
When you are ready to explore home care services for someone you love, we’re here to speak with you and your family about options and to answer any questions you may have. We can address any concerns a member of your family is feeling about starting home care services during a consultation, right in the comfort of home.