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How to Talk to Your Parents About Home Care.

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

Talking to your parents about home care can be a sensitive and difficult conversation for some. Primarily, it is important that you approach the topic with empathy and understanding, as well as acknowledging the uniqueness of the individual and your family. Above all treating the elder person with respect, affording them dignity, choice, and control is essential. As such, listening to hear what they have to say and involving them in decision making is very important.

Here are six tips to consider and help you navigate this important conversation:

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1. Choose the right time and place:

It is important to choose a time when your parents are relaxed, ready and receptive to the conversation. It is equally important to choose a private setting where you can have an uninterrupted conversation.

2. Express concerns you have:

Start by expressing your concerns about their safety and well-being, and how you think home care could help. Be sure to emphasize that you want what's best for them.

3. Listen to their concerns:

Give your parents a chance to express their concerns and fears. Listen carefully to what they have to say, and try to address their concerns as best you can.

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4. Explain the benefits of home care:

Explain how home care can help your parents maintain their independence and stay in their own home, while also receiving the support they need.

5. Involve them in the decision-making process:

It is so important to involve your parents in the decision-making process and give them a say in the type of care they receive.

Ask them what their preferences are, and try to find a solution that works for everyone.

6. Provide reassurance:

Let your parents know that you will be there to support them through the transition, and that you will work together to ensure that they receive the best possible care.

Offer to help with the research: Offer to help your parents research home care options, and be available to answer any questions they may have.

Elderly man and woman


Remember, this is a difficult conversation for everyone involved, and it is important that you approach it with compassion and understanding. For some, it might end up being easier than was first thought, as different people and different families discuss about home care. In all cases it is important to be patient, do not delay and be prepared to have multiple conversations as your parents process the information and come to a decision.



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