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Helping a loved one who may be hesitant about care

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Finding care for a relative or loved one can be a tricky process, especially for someone who may be reluctant to receive care or assistance. It can be particularly difficult to find the right balance between ensuring they benefit from support and respecting their wishes.

Before choosing a care provider and making the necessary arrangements for the support of a loved one, discussing their needs with them can be quite a difficult and delicate matter. In some cases, families may even face a little resistance from their loved one, who might feel they do not need help.

There are many reasons why a person may feel uneasy about considering formal care. Lots of us will have been in similar situations where we’ve felt reluctant to seek help; whether as an act of defiance and determination that we don’t need it, or out of fear of admitting weakness or losing some of our independence.

When it comes to providing care – particularly for those in later life – one of the biggest concerns is the possibility of giving up their normal home life and moving to a specialist care home. However, the rise of home care services across the country have helped thousands of people to receive varying levels of support in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

Discussing care needs with a loved one

It’s important to approach such a delicate subject with compassion and empathy. Try to express your concerns to your loved one in a calm manner and take care not to be dismissive of their thoughts or concerns. Ultimately, choosing a care service has to be their decision as they’ll be the one receiving it.

Talking about care needs, especially if someone’s health is in decline, will undoubtedly be an emotional topic. This may mean lots of tears and worries for all involved in the discussion. Make sure not to let emotions cloud your thoughts too much as it could lead to tensions and confusion over how best to proceed.

It’s important to take a level-headed approach and do your research on the different types of care available. Many people are reluctant to choose moving into a care home, but domiciliary care services offer a much softer option that the person receiving care may be more comfortable with.

Care can be given during regular visits or around the clock as part of a live-in care service. You may even want to consider a respite care service for a few weeks to lighten the load on family members giving informal care. Respite care can also help to ease the transition into a professional care service on a longer-term basis.
 

SureCare teams across the country are highly experienced in working with people from all walks of life and we understand how choosing a home care service can be quite a big step. We are determined to make any transition into care as smooth and comfortable as possible, alongside building close relationships with our service users to help you feel at ease.

To find out more about how SureCare can help you or a loved one with a professional and compassionate home care package, get in touch with your local care team today. Simply head to our Find A Branch section to find the contact details of your nearest SureCare office.