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Is It Time for the “Talk” With Your Elder or Loved One?

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Is It Time for the “Talk” With Your Elder or Loved One?

  1. 1. Is it Time for the “Talk” with your elder or loved one? www.aurumnetwork.com
  2. 2. www.aurumnetwork.com Is it Time for the “Talk” with your elder loved one? Denial of needing assisted living or nursing home care is common when dealing with a parent or senior relative who doesn’t want to have to leave his or her home.
  3. 3. www.aurumnetwork.com Here are some tips for having a successful conversation about this important issue:
  4. 4. www.aurumnetwork.com Decide whether it is best to have the talk at home or in a public place. Bring a special treat and begin the discussion over tea or coffee. A public place may be the better location if you feel the talk will escalate to an argument or your loved one will “escape” to a bedroom to avoid the discussion.
  5. 5. www.aurumnetwork.com Be sure to start by telling your loved one just how much he or she is.
  6. 6. www.aurumnetwork.com Be factual and share your concerns. For example: “I will come every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to be sure you are OK.” “I can’t help but notice you are losing weight.” “You have missed taking your medicine four times this month.” “You have fallen twice in recent weeks.”
  7. 7. www.aurumnetwork.com Be sure to elabo- rate on your fears for your loved one. For example: “When I can’t get here to check on you, I worry all day that you might forget your medicine or that you haven’t eaten.” “I get so stressed out when I phone and you don’t answer the phone or it takes you long to pick up. I think you have fallen again.” “I worry that if something happens to me, you won’t have anyone to look after you.”
  8. 8. www.aurumnetwork.com This is an emotional issue; don’t be afraid to show emotion.
  9. 9. www.aurumnetwork.com Acknowledge your loved one’s concerns and desires: “I know you don’t want to leave the home you’ve lived in for so long.” “I know it is scary to be making such a big change.” “I know you are concerned about what to do with your belongings and treasures.”
  10. 10. www.aurumnetwork.com Follow up with a statement to reassure your loved one that this is a process you will work on together and that you will both be able to tour facili- ties to select the one that is right.
  11. 11. www.aurumnetwork.com Knowing that you will include your loved one in the decision-making will go a long way towards a success- ful discussion. It will be necessary to talk the “Talk” more than once, but the first time is the most difficult. Be sure to show concern and understanding as your discus- sion progresses to a conclusion helps to make the transition a smooth one.
  12. 12. Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers Aurum member nursing and rehabilitation centers provide a wide range of high quality medical services including: • Postacute care • Short-term rehabilitation • Respite care • Hospice care • Long-term care Working with each resident and their family members, staff will customize a plan to maximize both self-motivation and func- tional independence. You or your loved one will be in an atmosphere of warmth, respect and understanding. Find an Aurum Member Facility in your Area

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