Accepting help is not always easy to do, especially if it may signify that someone is 'slowing down'. No-one welcomes ageing and the subject of receiving care is always one that should be approached tactfully, to avoid undermining the confidence of the person involved.
Situations vary widely but we have found that in our experience, these guidelines are useful to most people:
When introducing the idea of care, involve your loved one in discussions from the start. Maintaining control is a significant factor in accepting help into your home and private life.
Download a copy of our Needs Assessment Worksheet and go through it together if possible. It will help you identify the kinds of services your family may need.
If there's a noticeable decline in thinking and reasoning in a loved one, you should ask their doctor to arrange tests for cognitive function. It is important to act fast, as early medication is an important factor if dementia is diagnosed.If you think your loved one requires home care, please feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns. We'd be happy to answer any questions you have.
Lousie Laheen Duggan crowned Right at Home’s Carer of the Year
Louise Laheen Duggan from Menlough in Galway was crowned Right at Home’s 2021 Carer of the year at a very special awards ceremony at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin City on Friday, November 5th.