How to have a conversation about care

There’s never a perfect time to talk about moving a loved one into a care home. Here are some tips to help you deal with the conversation in a positive way.

Timing 
It can seem like there’s never a good time to have the discussion, especially if someone is reluctant to accept help. That being said, when you do have the conversation, you need to be mindful of the environment you’re in. In the middle of a busy coffee shop isn’t going to be the best time to discuss something so personal, but a quiet afternoon indoors, where everyone feels comfortable, would be much better. 

Research
If you do all of the ground work, your loved one may be more willing to explore their options. Have a chat with, and if possible, visit different care homes and explain your loved one’s situation, that way you can find out if they offer the facilities and care that your loved one could benefit from. Once you’ve done your research, you can inform your loved one about the homes you have found and why you think they’re suitable; from there you can plan to visit the homes together. You don’t want to make a rushed decision about what home to choose if the need for care suddenly becomes urgent. 

Support
Supporting your loved one is essential throughout the whole moving process. Your loved one is going to need encouragement in order to have the confidence to make the step; those closest to them need to be on hand to alleviate any worries they may have during the move. 

Listen
What your loved one wants from a care home is of the highest importance. You may think you have found the perfect home, but if they don’t like it or if it doesn’t have the facilities they want, then there is no way they will feel comfortable living there. Really listen to what they want from a care home and find the best place together.

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