How to Ease the Transition to Senior Care in Sharon, PA

Sometimes you don’t have a choice when it comes to senior care. Your mother could have taken a hard fall, broken a leg or her hip, had a stroke, heart attack, or other serious medical emergency, and now you’re trying to find the right place for her to live while she recovers. One of the options that can sometimes be overlooked is senior home services.

However, even though your mother can still be at home while she recovers and begins to get used to a new style of living, there will be a transition period. There are things that will need to be addressed, discussed, and considered about the entire process.

One of the first things that you need to do in order to ease the transition to senior care services is to openly discuss with your mother what is going to happen. Explain the need for senior care and let her know that you will be there to support her, but that she needs a higher level of care than you are able to provide.

She might be concerned about having strangers come into her home and may have even more trepidation about having someone help her with her bathroom necessities. Losing control over your body or some of the things that you enjoy doing in life can be tough to take, so be patient with her. Talk to her; listen to what she has to say and don’t dismiss her concerns offhand with comments such as, “Oh, Mom, you’ll see. It’ll be fine.” These empty platitudes can actually do more harm than good, especially if your mother eventually comes to believe that you’re not going to listen to her about anything, anyway.

Have the senior care service provider come to your mother’s home for the first time when you’re there. This will allow your mother to meet the new provider and gain some level of rapport with her. Having you there will help her gain confidence and feel as though she’s not left all on her own.

Also, be willing to stop by when you can, and during the first few days or weeks, it could be helpful to provide that level of support as much as possible. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to be there every minute with the senior care service provider, but if you’re there in the beginning, it could help ease the transition to senior care for your mother.

One thing that you shouldn’t do is dismiss what your mother says or the concerns she has. Take them to heart and support her. This will also help ease this important transition.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Sharon PA, and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.