Making the jump from independence to care

David Hachmeister

By David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans

Here at Care & Comfort at Home, we talk to many people who would like care, but are very reluctant to have someone in their home to provide that care.

 

 

 

 

The Greatest Generation helped others and themselves — by themselves

Many times, these people are widows or widowers who have grown accustomed to doing things for themselves by themselves.

Many are the last of the World War II generation. They overcame the extreme economic conditions of the 1930s and defeated a true axis of evil in the 1940s. By comparison, the trials of the next few generations look very modest.

These folks — referred to as “The Greatest Generation” — insisted on having nothing done for them. Rather, they insisted on doing for others. Changing that mindset now that they are older is very difficult.

Making the jump to receive care

The jump from independence to care, even just for a few hours a week, can be daunting for them.  The thought of having a new person in their home and being somewhat dependent on a stranger can be unnerving, and cause them to make irrational decisions — such as insisting on remaining alone. Unfortunately, this often means that they end up taking a trip to an emergency room.

A delicate yet direct conversation

If you are one of their children (usually of the Baby Boomer generation), you might find direct delicacy to be the best course in dealing with the situation. Be diplomatic, but don’t blink at the challenge of getting where you know your parent needs to be. You might not get a “thank you,” but you will have done the right thing for their safety and for your own peace of mind.

We can help!

If you are at the point when a loved one needs to receive care, remember that we can help! Contact us today by calling 630-333-9262 in Chicagoland, 720-788-0611 in the Denver area, or just click HERE to contact us quickly and easily online.