As a senior’s care needs evolve, family members may begin to notice a shift in thinking as it relates to their aging parents. Often, a barely perceptible role reversal begins to take root and then blossom into the adult children fully taking over for their elders. And in some ways, this is understandable, especially when a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s comes into play. But it’s so important for us all to make sure we’re treating our elderly loved ones with all of the respect and dignity they deserve.
In the world of senior care, we walk that same delicate balance with you. The key is in allowing older adults the opportunity to remain as independent and in control as possible at all times. Here’s how we ensure that the seniors that we’re privileged to care for never feel degraded in any way:
- Always communicate as one adult to another. We strive to eliminate terms of endearment, such as “sweetie,” “young lady,” and “honey,” which can convey inferiority, even if that’s not the intention behind them. Treating an older adult with respect begins with speaking to him or her with respect.
- Offer options. Being given a choice is a simple but significant way to show older adults that their opinions matter. Even if it’s something as simple as, “Would you rather get a shower or have breakfast first?” the underlying message is, “You have not lost control.”
- Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine requiring someone else to take care of your most personal needs: help with toileting, bathing, dressing. Or to try so hard to remember the name of someone you’ve lived with every day for the past 25 years, but it escapes you. Or being unable to hop in the car and drive to get yourself a cup of coffee. Viewing the situation from the senior’s perspective paints a far different picture than the one we’re experiencing from the caregiver’s side.
It’s perfectly normal and to be expected that providing senior care for a loved one will include some obstacles that will need to be overcome, some challenging moments when patience will be in short supply, and even the feeling of being overwhelmed and unsure where to turn for help.
At Nightingale Homecare, we want you to know that we’re here to partner with families on their senior care journey, providing trusted Arizona home health care services that allow family caregivers the opportunity to step back, take a deep breath, and rejuvenate themselves in order to come back refreshed and able to provide a higher quality level of care for their loved ones. Take the first step and call us at 602-504-1555 to arrange for a free in-home consultation.