How to Help Seniors Adapt to In-Home Care

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If your senior loved one is about to experience in-home care for the first time, he or she is probably nervous. After all, changes in care and daily routine can be difficult and overwhelming for seniors. Consider implementing some of these tips to make the transition to hourly or live-in care in Wallingford easier for your senior loved one. 

Start Small 

When your loved one is first introduced to Wallingford home care, start out small. It can be frustrating for seniors to feel as if a stranger has come in and taken over their lives, even if that person means to help. Unless your senior loved one needs major help right away, you can start off with hourly home care. When your senior loved one is used to having help around the house, you can increase your loved one’s program to live-in assistance.

Let Them Meet First 

Your senior loved one will likely adjust to in-home care better if he or she has a chance to meet the new caregiver beforehand. Try to arrange a meeting or two over an enjoyable activity, such as going for ice cream or playing a game, where your senior loved one and his or her new in-home caregiver can find common ground and get to know one another.

Point Out the Benefits 

Your senior loved one may have unspoken fears about receiving in-home care. You can make the adjustment easier with a candid conversation. Ask your senior loved one what his or her fears or dislikes are. Once your loved one opens up to you, work to find solutions and offer reassurance. Seniors often don’t realize the positives of in-home care. Point out the benefits your loved one will enjoy like light housekeeping, medication reminders, and companionship.

Include Your Senior Loved One in Planning

Since many seniors worry that in-home care may cause them to lose control, including your loved one in the planning and setup of home care can be comforting. Start by making a list of tasks your senior loved one could use help with. This allows your loved one to keep certain tasks for him or herself and lets seniors feel more independent.

With Home Care Assistance of New Haven, seniors will enjoy comprehensive services like dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s home care in Wallingford. We customize care plans for seniors to meet their individual needs whether they need a few hours of care each week or live-in assistance. Our compassionate caregivers offer seniors the home and personal care asssitance they need to comfortably age in place. Call us today at (203) 444-8575 to learn more about our services and schedule a no-obligation consultation.


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