Breaking the News: How to Sensitively Start the Care Conversation

No one wants to be told that they can no longer care for themselves, but when a loved one is showing signs that extra care is needed in order to remain living safely and comfortably at home, it is important for loved ones to step in and have a conversation about care. In order to help prepare for this conversation, Wellness Home Care  has broken down some of the most common reasons for care needs and has given some ways to approach those conversations. If one approach does not work, give it some time and then try another:

Increasing Frailty

“I love you very much and I’m worried about your safety and wellbeing. I know someone who can help us with tips to make it easier for you to get around the house and remain as independent as possible. Can I have her come over to talk with us?”


Falling/Difficulty with Mobility

“I’m worried about you falling and hurting yourself when there is no one around to help. I know someone who can come and give us tips on how to make you and your home safer from falls. Can I set up an appointment for her to come over and talk with us?”



“Lately I’ve noticed that it seems hard for you to keep up with the housework the way I know you like it. Can we talk about why this is happening?”


Declining Personal Hygiene

“I think it may be time to have someone come to help you out at home with a few things. Let’s work together to come up with a solution that we can both live with. We can work together to select your caregiver and I won’t leave you with someone you feel uncomfortable with. The agency and I will make every effort to find someone who shares similar interests with you and before you know it, I bet you and your caregiver will become good friends.”


Can No Longer Drive

“I know you miss the independence of having a car and being able to get out as often as you would like. If you hired a home care assistant for a few hours several times a week, you could do the things again that you’ve been missing…go shopping, visit friends, run to the bank.”


When you’re ready to start the care conversation, remember to approach your loved one with empathy and sensitivity, knowing that they may not be 100% receptive the first time around. If you need help from qualified care professionals, contact Wellness Home Care today. We can provide more helpful tips on how to talk to your loved one about in-home care.


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