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How to Tell a Loved One He or She Needs a Caregiver

Last updated 6 years ago

You may never feel ready to tell your loved one that he or she needs senior care. After all, many elderly people pride themselves on their independence and mobility. However, when illness or aging begins to put your loved one at danger, it is time to put aside your emotions and do what is necessary. Here’s a short guide to talking with your loved one about hiring a caregiver.

  • Stay Calm 
    This is undoubtedly an emotional time for you, and it may be difficult to witness the pain and embarrassment your loved one may feel during the conversation. However, you must remain calm and collected, though it may be trying. Your loved one’s safety and longevity may rely on this decision, so remember that it is for the best, and try not to get too emotional—though you should absolutely make sure your aging loved one knows that he or she is loved.
  • Stay Positive 
    Don’t focus on the negative aspects of this decision—talk to your loved one about the good things! Talk about how your loved one can relax and pick up old or new hobbies, while a professional aide performs light cleaning, prepares meals, and takes him or her to and from any doctor appointments. Your loved one may be resistant to the idea of a caregiver, but try to focus on the positive side.
  • Stay Firm 
    It can be difficult to talk to your loved one about aging care, especially if your loved one is a parent. However, this is for his or her safety as well as the safety of others. It is of the utmost importance that you stay firm, positive, and loving.

For the best choice in caregiving in New York City, call EvergreenChoice at (646) 783-3651. We provide a number of high-quality services, including hospice care, so you know that your loved one is cared for and comfortable.


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