The first signs are likely to be so subtle that most people would not even notice that anything is amiss. Mom is outgoing, friendly, and conversational while visiting loved ones and while running errands. However those closest to her are beginning to detect concerns: forgetting about the soup cooking on the stove, resulting in a scorched pan, placing her keys in the cookie jar, or forgetting to pay bills.
As an adult child of someone in the early stages of compromised safety or the ability to make competent decisions, it is typically incredibly difficult to transition to an increased level of involvement and assistance – nevertheless, it is also crucial to make a plan sooner rather than later.
Much like bringing up any confrontational topic of conversation, speaking with your senior loved one about the concerns you are observing may be met with opposition and defensiveness in the beginning. However, it’s important to define the particular reasons for your concern, and also the negative consequences if these behaviors continue or become worse.
Atlanta Home Care Partners suggests this strategy:
- Be sure that a durable power of attorney has been designated.
- Confirm with your sisters and brothers that the problem needs to be addressed, and discuss together what choices are suitable for the senior’s care as needs continue to progress.
- Remain compassionate but strong in your strategy. Present the choices you have thought through. If she balks at the idea of moving to an assisted living facility, which many seniors do, suggest an in-home caregiver as an alternative, enabling her to be independent and safe in the comfort of home.
- Understand that it will probably take several conversations before the senior accepts the need for help and support – which is the reason why it is essential to start the process without delay.
At Atlanta Home Care Partners, our care team is experienced in assisting older adults to feel comfortable and positive about how our services can help increase safety and overall quality of life and wellbeing. When your family decides the time is right for assistance, we can assist with highly specialized care that can meet a variety of needs, including:
- Meal planning and preparation
- Housework and laundry
- Running errands
- Highly specialized care for dementia
- And much more
Whether the need is for just a few hours every week to enhance safety and socialization, full-time care, or anything in between, partnering with Atlanta Home Care Partners improves quality of life for seniors and offers peace of mind for individuals who love them. Contact us online or call us at (404) 228-0103 for a free consultation to learn exactly how we can provide your family with the best services for in home care Atlanta has to offer.