Talking About Senior Care

by | Sep 9, 2016 | Healthcare

The topic of senior care is never easy to bring up in a family setting. It is easy when there is specialized care required, for instance in cases where the patient needs Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. Still, controversy often brews in the family setting when there is mention of senior care. Here are some suggestions on how to navigate these trying times.

Adult siblings are normally the ones responsible for making decisions regarding senior care about their loved ones. However, siblings never view the needs of the parents the same way, and this might lead to conflict. When siblings disagree about whether or not senior care is needed, and the extent to which they should go to find it, it might be wise to seek expert advice. At Capital City Nurses we allow for these consultative meetings where the needs of individuals are evaluated and any questions answered.

Sometimes, even when the siblings agree, the parents might resist the healthcare. This is especially understandable given the fact that many people value their independence. Going to a care facility involves giving up a fair bit of this independence, and most people loathe it. The way one puts forward this argument is important. Tell your loved ones you are not looking to put them away, but are actually trying to take better care of them. Educate them on their options too. Senior care does not have to be away at a facility. Today, senior living centers are attractive and comfortable.

Past issues often resurface when the family comes together to take care of their loved ones. It is not realistic to expect to get along with everyone in the family. You might not see eye to eye with your siblings, but encourage them by setting an example. Avoid being sucked into pointless family feuds. Listen actively to those people who feel like their voices are not being heard.

Roles and control issues also often crop up. It could be that everyone else is leaving all the heavy lifting to one person or that one person is excluding everyone else from making decisions or getting involved. Some scenarios are difficult to handle and might even require healthy confrontation and communication. Still, make sure it is with the needs of the patient in mind.

Capital City Nurses make decisions concerning senior care easy to make by providing adequate information and round the clock support. Call us today at 1-866-807-7307 or visit our website for more information about us. You can also follow them on Twitter for more updates!

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