Always approach with love, kindness and compassion: Going into these conversations with the right attitude and tone is so critical. Step into their shoes and understand that change is hard and slowly losing your independence is a difficult and frustrating transition. Listen to them and hear what they’re saying before responding after presenting the changes you wish to make to their home.
Present Your Solutions: Lay out your plan for their care and present how adding things like grab bars or stair lifts can better help with their well-being. You’ll want to have done your research and provide accurate information when it comes to what solutions you’re looking into. Don’t forget to add in the benefits of installing a ramp or stair lift to ensure your loved one sees the benefits.
Ask for their input: Don’t forget to include them in the decision once you’ve presented to them. Asking what they would like to see or would make life easier for them is key to helping them remain as a decision maker and maintain independence.
Know this is ongoing: Things will continue to change for loved ones as they grow older. Make sure it’s known there could be follow-ups to this initial conversation. Discussions of a home health care nurse coming to help or assisted living could potentially come up and have their mind readied for these conversations can help them in the future.