While many seniors live independently, some find it easier than others. In most cases, Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) become more challenging as a person ages, and more support is required over time. If these challenges present themselves gradually, they may be difficult for family members to identify in the early stages—particularly if you spend a lot of time with your aging loved one and don’t see a jarring change between visits. Your loved one may have the same difficulty acknowledging their own limitations because of this gradual onset. However, special occasions such as Christmas or a birthday may result in larger family gatherings where extended family members notice and comment on various changes to their loved one’s wellness and abilities.
A lot of families start to look into homecare options after the holidays because they’re come together and discussed a family member’s increased need for support. If your aging loved one is struggling with their ADLs or may otherwise benefit from homecare services, here are some suggestions on initiating the process. If you’d like personalized advice or are ready to book a caregiver in Toronto, Mississauga or the surrounding areas, please contact us. Our team would be glad to answer your questions, offer personalized recommendations and provide a quote for homecare services.
Initiate an honest conversation
Start the process by speaking honestly and openly with your aging loved one about their concerns. Be positive and solution-focused—this is incredibly important. Here are a few points to consider bringing up during this conversation:
- It’s very common to require more support as you age, and having that support in place often allows individuals to age in place because their needs are being met at home
- Make it clear that caregiving services are highly personalized. They can book a caregiver for as much or as little time as they’d like—anything from short shifts once or twice a week to full-time care, or anything in between.
- Homecare looks different for different clients. One senior may need assistance with bathing and dressing while another does not. Some clients appreciate help with meal preparation and light housekeeping while for others, medication reminders and assistance with transportation are most important to them. You will receive the care you need—it’s not one-size-fits-all!
- Emphasize that by introducing caregiver support, family visits can be more focused on quality time and enjoying each other’s company.
- Finally, remind them that having a strong support system of family, friends and caregivers in place will create peace of mind for their loved ones while improving their quality of life.
If you find that your aging loved one is resistant to accepting help, consider downloading our FREE eBook for additional guidance: Approaching that difficult subject—what to do if your aging or elder loved one doesn’t want help
Consider speaking with their medical team
In addition to speaking with your aging loved one, you may want to connect with their family doctor or other medical specialists they see on a regular basis. They may be able to offer helpful insights or suggestions related to your loved one’s physical health, cognitive health, nutrition or medications. This step isn’t always necessary, but it’s often beneficial.
Call LAS to get started
Once you’re ready to put a support system in place for your aging loved one, please call Living Assistance Services in Toronto to start the process. Our skilled, dedicated Personal Support Workers (PSWs) are available to help your aging loved ones live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. We can provide an assessment and recommendations, and there’s no long-term commitment. Our goal is to improve each client’s quality of life while respecting their autonomy, and to provide peace of mind to their families. If you’d like to know more about our fantastic caregivers, please contact us or visit our website, which includes a number of testimonials.
Thanks for reading—we look forward to hearing from you and would be honoured to assist with your loved one’s care.