Talking to your parents about accepting care can be overwhelming and stressful for everyone. It’s a transition some seniors resist, often they are anxious about losing their independence, having a stranger in their home, not wanting to admit they aren’t coping, or even money concerns.
When it’s time to talk with your parents about getting some assistance at home, these tips can create a more healthy discussion with a positive outcome for the ones you love.
Talk about the positives not the negatives
While getting help might seem like an admission from your loved one that they are ageing, talk to them about how it will actually help to maintain or improve their independence.
They’ll be able to have more free time to spend with their friends or doing things they love instead of gardening or cleaning or cooking – helping them remain active, independent and involved in the community.
Consider the other times a home professional has helped
Asking for support from a professional is a natural part of life – remind your loved ones that a working mother wouldn’t hesitate to hire a babysitter, or that if the washing machine breaks down, we call a repairman. Many of us have booked a regular cleaner or gardener at some point in our lives.
Support at home offers the same fundamental service: performing or assisting with difficult or time-consuming tasks we cannot perform ourselves. It also has the ideal bonus of adding a wonderful social flavour to the services that can keep people active and socially connected.
It doesn’t need to be a major commitment; sometimes Home Care can be as simple as a few errands here, some light housework there, and friendly regular check-ins for peace of mind.
Explore the ways the government can help cover costs
For many of us, one of the barriers to seeking help is financial concerns – especially when budgeting on an aged-care pension. Suggest that before your parents dismiss the opportunity of receiving support, they could see if they meet the Australian Government’s eligibility criteria for funding.
Government funded programs offer financial support for a range of home care needs, from basic assistance such as transport, social outings, gardening, housekeeping to high-level assistance such as daily nursing, pain management and personal care.
For example for around $10 a week:
- we’ll prepare your favourite meals for you for the week + we’ll clean your house for an hour every fortnight. OR
- two hours of help with your shopping every fortnight + one hour of house cleaning every fortnight + one hour of gardening every month.
There are many, many more options to suit your loved ones wants and needs.
Weigh it against the potential cost of not seeking help
A little extra help at home can help keep your parents living in their own home for much longer – and it will also put your mind at ease.
Home Care is the best way for seniors to remain living in their own home for as long as possible without prematurely needing to move into a residential aged care facility and selling the home.
There are a range of skilled staff that can help each day. Nurses, Carers, Allied Health staff, maintenance, gardeners and staff that will assist with transport, social outings, pet care and technology.
Find peace of mind with home monitoring technology
Safety technology has come a long way in recent years. Feros Care can install sophisticated, affordable monitoring systems that can detect a fall or emergency and link it straight to mobile phone apps or a 24/7 response centre if loved ones don’t live nearby. If your loved has suffered falls in the past, this option could prove life-saving.
Staying home for longer
Home Care means your parents can continue to stay living in their own home, safely and well for much longer.
Nonetheless, asking for this help can feel like an enormous turning point in somebody’s life, and it’s not a subject that can be raised lightly. The great news is that there are many services we can provide, to not only help your loved ones remain in their own home, but also improve quality of life – help them stay active, maintain a healthy balanced diet, and exercise both mind and body.
To find out more about Home Care, contact Feros Care on 1300 763 583 or request a callback. Our friendly support team will let you know what services are available in your area, and can help you navigate through the government’s My Aged Care process.