Often times it can be very difficult to approach the idea that an aging loved one needs help. It can be even more difficult for the person in need of care to accept this fact. An individual who may have been self-reliant for the better part of their lives isn't typically open to the idea of another person caring for them. Be prepared for some resistance, as this is not uncommon. It is a similar concept to driving cessation, except more intricate. If you've ever had to deal with this scenario, then you already know the difficulties you'll face. Regardless, you'll want to transition your loved one slowly at first, as you'll get the most resistance during the initial stages. It is important to remember that your loved one does not fully understand why they need someone to care for them and is a very difficult fact to face. Putting yourself in their shoes helps shed some light on their perspective and can help you deal with this as best as possible.
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Taking a caring approach will ease your loved one into the new lifestyle that they will be accustomed to. Providing assurance that they will be okay and that you aren't out of the picture also helps. Being emotionally available is key to helping through this difficult transition, whether that means having an open ear or being more involved in the day-to-day initially. Sometimes just talking to your loved one on a regular basis can reduce stress and anxiety. Their life is still happening, there is just someone else who is making it more comfortable and pleasant. Give it some time and you will see that they will get used to a caregiver being present. Our CAREGivers are professionally trained to provide companionship, and help maintain a safe environment for seniors wanting to stay in their homes, contact Home Instead Senior Care Waterloo, Cedar Falls at (319) 235-5999 or ask us a question about Home Instead Senior Care household help serving Waterloo, IA.