There is an elderly veteran in your life. Maybe it’s a father, grandfather, or some other family member. You’ve noticed the decline in their physical capabilities and health through the years and understand how important it’s going to be for them to get the proper level of care at home soon.
Home care services are the best option for aging veterans and other seniors when they have physical limitations or health issues that make it increasingly difficult to attend to their own basic care.
However, approaching the topic can be extremely difficult. It’s a sensitive subject when people are faced with the prospect of losing independence, physical capabilities, or even the ability to get around in their own home, take a shower or bath without assistance, get dressed without help.
For some veterans, it can be a source of contempt when somebody mentions the prospect of helping them out or talking about a home care aide. That’s because they have a great deal of pride in their ability to get things done throughout their life.
Time waits for no one.
Yet, time is not kind. It never stops at it will continue to erode a person’s physical capabilities to the point where they are no longer capable of doing the same tasks that used to be quite simple and straightforward.
So how can you approach that elderly veteran in your life to talk about home care?
The best way is to be honest. Honesty is always the best policy. Perhaps you’ve noticed certain things your father or grandfather has been doing lately that causes you concern. Maybe he’s called on you for help getting something down from the attic or getting something out of the basement. Perhaps you stopped by to check on him one day and noticed he was on the ground, having fallen. He brushed off your concerns and said he was fine, that it was just a simple accident.
Those simple accidents can lead to injuries that can be difficult to overcome.
You should also anticipate his arguments against relying on home care. When you learn as much as possible about home care aides, agencies, and the support they can offer, including how they can benefit seniors, helping them stay as active as they want to be, you can be armed with information to counter any of his arguments against the notion.
Finally, always keep in mind that it’s up to the senior himself or herself when it comes to home care. That senior has every right to refuse home care support, even though it may compromise his safety. When you know more about it, you’ll be able to encourage him to at least begin thinking about its value.