CFC _24 Home Care Discussion Starting Points

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Home care services are a great resource for families who are in need of extra support
caring for aging loved ones. While there are many benefits of hiring a home care service,
seniors may find the topic of elderly care or home care assistance a sensitive one. If you
notice that your parents, grandparents or other aging loved ones are having a harder time
at home, you may want to offer help or start a conversation about their options, but just
don’t know how to do so appropriately.

Deciding how you bring up the sensitive topic of senior services may overwhelm or
confuse you, but the earlier, the better. ComForcare Home Care has a great deal of
experience helping families begin these important conversations and offers these tips to
help you keep the lines of communication open.

Start the conversation early: It is easiest to discuss home care services or elderly care
needs and options before an emergency, such as an illness or injury, occurs. This gives
you and your loved ones plenty of time to review senior service options, consider each
person’s individual needs, and organize financial and medical resources.

Share observations and ask questions: Share with your loved ones the behaviors or
signs you have noticed that prompted you to bring up the conversation. Ask them what
they believe is causing the behaviors or problems and keep an open mind as you search
for solutions together.

Show respect: When you speak with your parents or grandparents about home care
service options or senior services, remember to speak to them respectfully, openly and
honestly. If you sound patronizing, they may become offended, upset or defensive.
Express your concern and offer assistance in a constructive way.

Listen and support their desire for independence: Once you have shared your
concerns or observations, listen to your loved ones’ feelings and opinions regarding their
situation. For many seniors, maintaining their independence is a priority and it is
imperative you understand and work to help them accomplish this. Verbalize your
support and work together to help reach their goals and expectations for a healthy, safe
and independent lifestyle.

Elderly Care Resources
There are many options available for hiring senior services or home care providers. As
you continue to discuss elderly care options with your loved ones, reach out to local,
community or online resources for further information. ComForcare has offices located
across the United States, and offers a variety of senior services based on each client’s
unique needs. Visit ComForcare online at to find the office
nearest you.

ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty home care services for people of all
ages with offices conveniently located nationwide. Each ComForcare office provides
caregivers who help make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition,
recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the
comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers elderly care services including personal
care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve
the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its
services. Each ComForcare office is individually owned and operated.

ComForcare Home Care
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302