Worried about aging parents? 5 Tips for Getting Help

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posted by Ted Ryan on January 27, 2014

Holiday visits can be an unexpected glimpse at the reality of an aging parent’s condition. While a holiday visit may not be the appropriate time to address a concern, it’s important not to let it slip away once the busyness of the season has passed.

Talking to a parent about getting help can be difficult, but approached correctly it’s possible to achieve results that benefit everyone – allowing dignity, safety and peace of mind.

  1. Choose the right time and place. Make sure that you and your parent have the appropriate time to talk (and listen) in a comfortable setting, free from distractions.
  2. Ask questions to guide the discussion. What would they do if they fell or needed help with daily tasks? This helps you understand their wishes and lead may to possible solutions.
  3. Identify resources and services in their community and know your options in advance.
  4. Make sure that any questions that arise are answered. If you have legal questions, contact an elder attorney – we’re happy to provide referrals, if needed.
  5. Remember your goal. This is a sensitive topic that may not be welcomed with open arms. Don’t dictate or talk down. Be reassuring. Come from a place of concern and support. Your goal is to be a partner and help your loved one live safely and maintain quality of life.

Over the course of 27 years serving St. Louis families, we’re proud to have earned the reputation as a trusted community resource. If we can help you, please let us know.

We can arrange a complimentary, obligation-free assessment. During this assessment, an SHC registered nurse will review your situation and answer any questions that may arise. To set up an assessment or ask any questions, please contact us.

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