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Helping Mom and Dad Age in Place

Family in grass taking photo
By Nicole Keiner

The in-home care options discussion

It is difficult to initiate a conversation with your elderly parents about how and where they want to live as they age. The discussion about their future senior care can make them feel uneasy.

At Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear, we can help. With 90% of seniors wanting to stay in their own homes as they age (AARP), we can assist your parents or loved ones continue to stay in the comfort of their own homes and remain independent for as long as they can. We have over four decades of experience offering in-home care services and can navigate you through the challenging process from starting the conversation to creating a unique plan of care.

The Conversation

Maia Bachmeier, Owner, and President of Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear, always encourages the conversation to begin early. “If you begin chatting early, you are easing into it. Mom and Dad won’t feel as pressured and may view the conversation as hypothetical even though you are taking notes.”

Homewatch CareGivers of Goodyear offers a few tips on how to bring up this sensitive topic.

  • Focus more on the ways they will be gaining independence and not losing it. Although they may need assistance with everyday activities, the overall goal is to age in their own home.
  • Asking your loved ones what matters to them most as they age. Genuinely listen to their objections and concerns. The purpose of the conversation is to find out what their likes and dislikes are in terms of long-term care options and living arrangements as they age.
  • Tell your loved one a story about a friend's senior parent who has a professional caregiver with a Homewatch Caregiver of Goodyear. Go into detail about how the caregiver makes her father lunch, does all the housekeeping, and takes him to the grocery store and doctor visits. Ask your parent if that is something they would be interested in and see how they react to the idea.
  • Identify your parents’ pain points. Maybe they are concerned about how in-home care will be paid for, or perhaps they are apprehensive about letting a stranger into their home.

Bachmeier adds, “Most importantly, make your loved ones feel involved and a part of the decision-making process. Whether their future senior care needs are 24/7 in-home care, companion care or personal care, discussing options and allowing them to have input makes the conversation less challenging.”

When you and your loved ones are ready to discuss in-home care options, click here or give us a call at 623-471-5404. We will set up an in-home Discovery Visit with you and your family. Our caregivers are ready to help create an in-home plan of care that provides the precise level of assistance that allows your loved ones to lead their best life in the comfort of their own home.