The conversation is never easy and often your relationship with your loved one changes as they age. You may notice changes in their ability to care for themselves long before they are ready to admit that they need help. In a parent/child relationship this can be difficult to bring up, after all you are likely the child in the situation and have looked to your parent for guidance most all of your life. I recommend starting with a soft approach. Be understanding and listen to what their concerns are about aging. Encourage them to continue to do for themselves what they can do safely. Begin to weave into the conversation ideas like, ” Wouldn’t it be nice if you had someone here that you could talk with more often”, or ” Have you ever thought about having someone come in a day or two a week to help you with ___________”. Its important to understand their fear or concern about in home care. They may feel that if they agree to help, it means they are no longer independent and so often they take pride in being self-sufficient. When this barrier comes up its often helpful to respond with reassuring them that a little help now may help them remain home, healthier and independent even longer in the future. We want to help you start the conversation. If you are interested in more tips for talking to a loved one about care, please call us at 478-994-9535.