Final Notes on Convincing of the Need for Care



Final Notes on Convincing of the Need for Care

Gradually implementing care has consistently proven to be one of the most effective approaches.  In my experience, successful families often start with increased vigilance and greater involvement of the family.  For example, a daughter may call her mother on the telephone a little bit for frequently, starting with a friendly, innocuous topic.  During the course of the call, she may gradually gauge how mom is doing with her medications, meals, and upkeep of the home.  If there is cause for concern, she might stop by mom’s house more frequently for a social visit, yet meanwhile inspecting how her mother seems to be coping with activities of daily living.  Without creating confrontation or making condemning, derogatory statements, the caring daughter may refer to instances of unsafe behaviors as “teachable moments” to encourage her mother to accept additional care.  For families who live far apart, these visits might be conducted via Skype or FaceTime.  As time passes and need for assisted care increases, many family members become more directly involved with managing activities of daily living.  Wisely, supportive family members also begin attending medical appointments as much as possible.  When professional care is needed, especially if mom is resisting, the astute daughter may hire a “friend” or “companion” to provide part-time care.  Since many elderly people are lonely and socially isolated, having a friendly, professional caregiver can become an enjoyable experience.  Eventually, mom may require daily or around-the-clock care, but this can also become prohibitively expensive.  The uses of in-home caregivers can be an important bridge when transitioning to residential care.  Many patients with chronic disease transition from in home care to residential care. 


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