How do you start that conversation?
The single most important point is to start the conversation as early as you can. It is much easier to have a conversation when you are not facing an emergency or not dealing with a loved one who is unable to fully understand what is happening.
Before you get started, make sure to plan what you want to say. You may want to do some research into care options that are available to you so you can understand the differences between care homes and care at home. See our article ‘Care home vs Home care-what is the difference?’ Do a practice run, especially to work through how you may react.
You may approach the conversation as an opportunity to get help with things like housekeeping or grocery shopping. Having someone to help prepare a meal may feel like less of a commitment. Find out more about hourly care.
Differences in care options will have a different impact on your loved one’s life. Keep an open mind and educate yourself with all types of care (read our short care guide).