As your loved one ages, it can be hard to watch a slow decline where they may not be as active as they once were. Fortunately, there are several things you can do as a family member to provide quality senior care for your loved one, as well as improve your own mental and emotional health on this life journey.
1. Education – If the topic of conversation has come up about moving into an assisted living facility or staying in the home, it may be important to do some reading on your options. While it is common for people to feel more comfortable staying in their own home, there are lots of benefits to choosing an assisted living facility. Get all the facts before making a decision.
2. Start Talking – It’s also important to express any desires and fears about your loved one’s transition to a less-active lifestyle and whether their personal needs have increased due to poor health or other factors. By keeping an open conversation about their senior care needs, it may be easier to address difficult topics.
3. Take it Slow – Change can be scary for you and for your loved one! Even if you’ve opened a dialogue about their care, don’t be too quick to make sudden changes. By gradually letting ideas settle in and making small changes one at a time, it may be easier for them to transition to assisted living or another community that best serves their needs.
4. Self Care – As the caretaker of a loved one, it can be mentally, emotionally, and physically taxing. Make sure you take care of yourself, too, so you can provide your loved one with the best possible senior care.
When you’re ready, contact us at Senior Care Carolinas to learn more about the different services and programs we offer that can greatly improve your loved one’s quality of life and give you greater peace of mind.