We love our parents and family elders to bits. We grow up appreciating their efforts and sacrifices and revel in their stories and experiences. However, we do all this with the knowledge that one day, they will leave us. While it’s impossible to escape that eventuality, we can at the very least take steps to ensure our elders live comfortable and peaceful lives as they become older.

Caring for an elderly loved one is by no means an easy task to accomplish, especially if he or she is resistant to care, as some elderly folk are. With age, cognitive levels fall, which makes it harder to communicate your good intentions to your loved ones.

If you ever need to hire a caretaker for a senior citizen, here are some useful things to keep in mind during the transition:

Pick the moment:

Choose an appropriate time when both the patient and you are relaxed and relatively stress free. This greatlyaids the process of communication. If they are most relaxed at home, have the discussion there. If they’re more relaxed during an outing away, take them out for a meal or walk and talk to them then.

Their preference…always:

When discussing care giving, assume that the patient already knows what is best for him or her. Do not exert your own thoughts initially about what might be best for them as this could lead to an impasse. Your loved one might not necessarily be a healthcare expert and neither are you. Keeping that in mind,be lucid and clear rather than technical and abrupt. This will help them comprehend the many variables at play. Asking the right questions and being open to their suggestions, comfort levels and requirements is one sure shot way of being able to get through to them clearly.

Ask for help:

If your loved one is resistant to care, you may need to enlist the help of family members, friends, or even health professionals. Do whatever it takes and ask whoever you need to, to chime in. Nothing is as valuable as the prospect of the patient’s health improving.

Duration of care:

If your loved one is very resistant to care -and in most cases the elderly are – then having one single isolated conversation will never persuade them. Continue communicating with them with a positive mindset about the importance of care and why they should consider getting the care they need. Suggest a trial period of a week or two. Patient care in cities like Mumbai is available for smaller periods of time.

Know when to back off:

Focus on the big picture with your loved one. If your loved one is incredibly resistant to care, then avoid squabbling with them and forcing them to enlist a caretaker. Fighting will only make a stubborn person more resistant to change and will not help in the long run.

Talk, communicate and share:

To really help your loved one become more accepting of the concept of a caretaker, explain to them how it actually makes them more independent – contrary to what they might feel. Accepting care as you grow older is not a sign of weakness, and your loved one should not think of it as such. Instead, remind your loved one that they can still retain their independence by accepting care.
Explain to them that accepting care is not a personal failure, and is simply a great way to tackle the inevitably of ageing head on. By accepting care from a caregiver, your loved ones can continue to stay active, maintain their relationships, and develop and maintain new interests and hobbies – most importantly, lead a regular, healthy life free from dependence and obligation.

Try and make your loved one feel relaxed. When talking to them let them know as often as you can that you love them and that they are not a burden on your time and resources. Give them the caregiver they deserve. Helper4u is a portal whose database is regularly updated. Here, you can find the right caregiver for your loved ones.

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