Alzheimer’s Care in East Haven CT
March is International Listening Awareness Month and even though your father has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to listen to anything he says. You may be extremely concerned about his safety and well-being, especially if he has been living alone for some time, but he still has the right to determine the course of his care.
Relying on professional and experienced home care for somebody with Alzheimer’s is the best option, but many people have a number of misconceptions, questions, and concerns about home care options.
When you begin talking to your father about his short and long-term care options, take some time to ask questions, listen to what he has to say, encourage him to ask his own questions, and learn as much as possible so you can address the questions and concerns he has.
How to improve listening skills.
Most people understand what listening is all about, even though they may fail at doing it during times of stress and anxiety. Listening isn’t just about hearing somebody talking; it’s about paying attention to the words they’re saying, the meaning behind their words, and taking what they have to say with serious consideration.
You may sit down with your father at his kitchen table one evening to talk about various care options. You might begin talking about home care aides and other options, and though you are completely convinced that this is the best thing to consider at this time, he may be asking questions, getting frustrated, and telling you he doesn’t even want to consider that right now.
You might hear his concerns but dismiss them because you have been researching all of this for quite some time; you know what you’re talking about and you are completely convinced this is the best option at the time.
That’s not really listening. If you want to truly listen then take some time and allow your elderly father to express his opinions and talk about them openly and honestly. Raising the volume of your voice, getting angry, or even telling the other person they just don’t get it is not listening. It’s trying to control the conversation.
It may take some time to convince your father to seriously consider the prospect of home care support services, but the more you listen the more you can understand his concerns, anxieties, fears, and questions and that will give you a better foundation upon which to build your argument for proper care and support now and into the future.
We understand the challenges, both physically and mentally, that are involved in caring for aging parents, as we have had our own personal experiences, and are aware of the demands it places on family members as they endeavor to maintain their own household/lives. We are very passionate about maintaining the integrity of the workers and the dignity of the clients. We strive to make aging and healing a beautiful part of life and realize the importance of staying in ones home to achieve this. Whatever age requires the service.....'There is no place like home'.
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