Growing Older Doesn't Have to Be Scary:
But quite frankly it is. Losing the ability to care for oneself can not only be a risk to personal safety, but is difficult to come to terms with mentally and emotionally. Often its left to the children to broach the subject of mum and or Dad needing homecare, - this can be a daunting prospect but can be made easier and more effective by careful research and planning.
Whilst as children we can find it difficult to discuss with our parents - remember that this is a bigger transition for them, a major life change. Loss of independence is a grieving process, it will take time and support from loved ones for them to accept that they need help. They are going to feel a little abandoned if family have been assisting them, and now they are faced with having 'strangers' provide their care, or if family members are moving away. It is important to keep them included in the family life and provide them lots of support and affection when they transition to being supported by homecare.