When to start the conversation?
Are everyday tasks are becoming more difficult? You might be worried for your loved ones safety in the home. You may even be getting ready to bring a loved one home from hospital and want to feel reassured they will be safe and well looked after at home.
The earlier you start talking about the situation and options available, the longer your loved one will have to come to terms with the idea.
Start the conversation early and expect nothing from your first discussion. It may need to be a gradual process, rather than a one-time discussion.
Think about what other family members may say to your suggestions. If they live further away they may not realise what’s happening day to day and not be ready to accept things are changing. Or if they the primary caregiver they maybe upset by your observations?