Overcoming Objections to In-Home Care

Discover these useful tips to help older adults overcome common objections to having in-home care:

Life, naturally, changes as we grow older. Many of the day-to-day tasks and activities that once came easily can become challenging, and there comes a time when having some assistance at home helps restore safety and comfort, while maintaining independence and familiar routines. Yet for many older adults, the idea of accepting help at home is met with reluctance, for a variety of reasons.
Discover tips to overcome common objections to care in the home from the Florida in-home care experts at American, Advocate, Douglas and Whitsyms In-Home Care with these helpful strategies:

  • Perceived loss of independence. Second only to losing physical health, a recent study revealed that fear of lost independence is a top concern in seniors, and accepting the need for in-home care assistance may exacerbate that fear. It can help to remind seniors that an in-home care professional is never there to “take over,” but instead will offer whatever support is needed to enhance the senior’s independence and ability to remain living in the comfort of home. Seniors remain in charge, determining what activities to engage in, when to wake up and go to sleep, what meals they would like as well as when and where they want to eat, etc.
  • Difficulty trusting a “stranger.” With increased vulnerability in older adults, it’s only natural for there to be some measure of distrust about inviting a new caregiver into the home. When working with a professional nurse registry, however, such as American In-Home Care, the referred care providers have been fully vetted for maximum safety. And, the senior maintains the option of choosing an alternate care provider if preferred for any reason. Seniors are often pleasantly surprised at how quickly a bond forms with their new care providers, leading to enhanced socialization, companionship, and overall contentment and wellbeing.
  • Feeling like a burden. After a lifetime of meeting their own needs and the needs of others, it can be hard when the tables are turned. One great way to redirect this concern is by sharing the joy it brings to the person providing care, who truly has a passion for helping others and finds satisfaction and purpose in his or her role as a caregiver.

For more tips to help a senior loved one accept – and even embrace – the idea of an in-home care provider, contact the Florida home care experts at American In-Home Care. For over 25 years, we’ve been the trusted choice for older adults in need of care at home, with a family of brands conveniently located throughout the state:

Contact us at the location closest to you to learn more about helping a loved one remain independent and safe in the comfort of home.

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