One of the biggest hurdles a family faces with a loved one in need of care is often resistance. After all, a lifetime of independence hangs in the balance. It can be extremely hard for a person to give up their privacy…self reliance and sense of self-sufficiency. That being said, many people (often seniors) do reach a point where help is necessary. For some it is simply help around the house and companionship. For others, it might be more involved and include assistance with the activities of daily living (ADL’s) and personal hygiene. How does one address this and facilitate the transition?
I came across the article below written by the Mayo Clinic staff and it shares some techniques on how to bridge the subject with the person in need. We face this continually and often times, by the time help is requested, the family is in crisis mode. We encourage you to enter into a dialogue before the urgency hits. Get your loved on used to the idea of receiving help and communicate that there are plenty of resources that can do so without a loss of independence or dignity. Good caregivers see their work as more than a job…it is a calling. They go out of their way to make clients feel safe, independent and dignified and reinforce there is no shame in accepting a little help.