Your elderly mother has always been a proud and independent woman, but ever since dad passed-away something’s changed. Mom looks frail, her home is cluttered and messy, and she’s not taking her medications as prescribed. You think that mom could benefit from some professional home care, but she changes the subject whenever you bring it up. What should you do? Convincing a senior parent who’s resistant to home care is never easy. Here are some creative ways to overcome their objections.
Why Some Seniors Resist Home Care
For reasons like pride and stubbornness, many older adults are not receptive to the idea of a “stranger” assisting them around the home. The average senior is used to managing their own household and affairs, and privacy is also important to them.
However, to remain living at home most independent seniors eventually require at least some assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). If there’s not a trusted friend or relative nearby to look after them finding a professional caregiver is another option.
Convincing an Aging Parent to Say “Yes”
It may take some time for your parent to warm up to the idea of home care, so be persistent-yet-respectful as you slowly work on changing their mind. You’ll typically have more success when using this approach:
Start the conversation early