Why an Aging Parent Might Listen to an Elder Care Provider Rather Than You

Isn’t it annoying when somebody you care about, a family member, your teenage son or daughter, your spouse, or even a close friend decides to take the advice of somebody else rather than you? What’s even worse is when that advice is basically the same thing you had been saying for weeks or months.

You just want to bang your head against the wall. And you wonder why.

One of those struggles some people face when supporting an aging parent or grandparent is that it doesn’t seem to make any difference what you say or do; that elderly person won’t listen to a thing you say.

So, you reach your breaking point. Your boiling point. And you give up. Maybe you tell them you just can’t do this anymore and advise them to look to elder care, thinking it’s going to be worse than having you support them.

Then, within a few weeks, you begin to realize this might very well have been a far better decision. Maybe this was something you should have thought about and discussed earlier. Yet, one of the most frustrating components of all of this is that the elder care provider is saying the exact same things, encouraging the same things you did for weeks or months, but now, only now, this senior is listening to them.

Why does this happen?

It isn’t the advice. It’s the person giving it. You see, sometimes it can be difficult for an aging senior to listen to their adult child trying to tell them what they should or shouldn’t do. The dynamic of the relationship has shifted and that is a difficult thing to accept.

However, when that same information or advice comes from a person cloaked in the guise of professionalism, which an experienced elder care provider should very well be, especially when they work for an agency, it has a different impact.

Don’t take it personally.

While this may sting a little, while you may get frustrated having to go through this situation, don’t take it personal. Be glad this aging loved one is finally taking your advice, even if it is coming from someone else. Even if somebody else is getting the credit.

After all, what’s the most important thing here? Their safety, their quality of life, their health, and their well-being. That’s all you care about. That’s all we should care about.

Sometimes, that is just the way it is. It can be easier to listen to somebody who comes across as a professional rather than family, even though our loved ones have the best of intentions, their advice is spot on, and it is the same exact thing this elder care provider is saying.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Elder Care in Lake Worth, FL, or the surrounding areas, please give us a call at (561) 465-5920

Quality Of Life: Tips for Improving Your Dad’s Quality of Life

Quality Of Life: By definition, qualify of life is the level to which a person is healthy, happy, and enjoying daily life events.

It usually covers financial, social, personal safety, mental, physical, and mental health.

Most people don’t stop and think about their quality of life. When your parent has a chronic health condition, it can be used to help make decisions relating to care plans. If your dad is struggling to maintain the qualify of life he desires, it’s time to bring home care services into the picture.

Take a Closer Look at Your Dad’s Competencies

What is your dad able to do on his own? What can’t he get done? Due to his recent diagnosis, he needs to start taking blood pressure medications each morning but he keeps forgetting. Medication reminders are now vital to his health.

Your dad fell and broke his arm. He’ll be fine in a few weeks, but for now, his safety and comfort are impacted. He needs someone to help him around the home. Once he’s healed, his care needs will change. With home care, it’s easy to increase and decrease the services he receives.

Your dad is fully competent to care for himself, but he’s lonely. That’s impacting his emotional and mental health. Companionship services are ideal in this situation.

Think about the services that will most help your dad with his quality of life. You might even consider how home care will help the rest of the family. If you, your brothers, and your sisters are having a hard time finding the hours needed to care for your dad, professional caregivers are the best solution.

Hold Family Meetings to Address His Needs

Sit down with your dad and ask him for input. He must have the final say in any care plan that’s created. Ask him about the things he struggles with and what he feels he does well. What would improve his quality of life?

You may be surprised by how much he is still doing on his own. Build a care plan from there and then call a specialist in home care services. He’ll have the support he needs to remain independent and enjoy the quality of life he’s used to.

While you’re taking care of your families, household responsibilities, and job duties, your dad has the quality of life care he needs. Caregivers can do the housework, laundry, and meal preparation tasks. When you have time to visit, it will be for fun and not to get things done for him.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Senior Care in Palm Beach, FL, or the surrounding areas, please give us a call at (561) 465-5920

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