Making the decision to transition your loved one into a care program that is right for them is a big deal and should not be taken lightly. When a senior can no longer live on their own, the decision regarding how and who will care for them may arise. According to an AARP survey, “76 percent of adults 50 and older want to live in their home as long as possible. Yet as their physical, functional or cognitive needs mount, some are reluctant to accept the help they need, which can compromise their safety and eventually jeopardize their ability to stay in their home.” Change can be a difficult thing to accept, especially for a senior citizen; which is why it is important to properly prepare a senior for this next phase of his or her life. However, senior care can be a difficult thing to process and your loved one might be resistant. So how can you help accept and make them understand why care services is the best choice for them?
Find out why they are resistant
Trying to force someone into care will never be an easy task to complete and is not recommended. Many times people are afraid of change or losing their independence, nobody likes to feel helpless. As a family member or caregiver, make the effort to help your loved one feel empowered by letting them make decisions as much as possible. A good way to resolve this issue is to avoid using the concept of independence by making the statement of, “everyone is dependent on each other at some point.”