What to Discuss

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When is the best time to talk about home care assistance? How do you talk about it without hurting the one you are trying to protect? Is it even possible to have a positive discussion about in-home care?

While it can be difficult to talk to loved ones about home care, putting off the conversation could mean risking an emergency situation such as an accident or injury. It is important to have the discussion before an incident occurs. Start the conversation with your loved one in a casual way, opening them up to sharing their needs and their desires regarding home care and their future.

Here are some tips for talking with loved ones to make these conversations easier:

1. Start talking with your loved ons now. You will have more time, more options and a better chance of helping them to continue to live at home if you address issues before they become serious problems.

2. Ask questions and listen. Share what you have observed and ask questions about what they think is causing problems and what they suggest for solutions.

3. Talk as you would to any other adult. Do not patronize or speak to them like they