How to Start the Conversation about Adult Home Care

Learn more about beginning the adult home care conversation with your loved one.

If your parent or another aging loved one may be needing care services in the future, you’re going to need to have a conversation with them about their future. We know how tough it can be to start a discussion about adult home care, and we’d like to help.

Here are some helpful tips on starting the conversation with your loved one.

Begin the Senior Care Conversation Early

Don’t wait until your loved one needs care services before starting the conversation. It’s also important to start the conversation while your loved one is of sound mind and body. While it may not be a fun discussion for them, they’ll appreciate being able to have a say in their future well being and comfort.

Involve the Whole Family

Don’t try to take on this responsibility by yourself. Give everyone in your family a chance to voice their concerns, offer their own help and support, and reach an agreeable solution. Show your loved one that your whole family is on their side and has their best interests at heart.

Choose a Leader Ahead of Time

You’ll want to choose a point-person to lead the discussion. This person should be comfortable organizing and guiding the conversation. It’s best to decide on this person ahead of time so everyone knows who to look to for instruction and details.

Be Prepared

Do your research on different adult home care options before the discussion. Write down any questions you have or topics you want to be sure to address. Encourage other family members to do the same thing as well. If you need help planning your discussion, we would be happy to provide you with information and support.

Don’t Be Confrontational

Keep in mind that you are holding a discussion about your loved one’s well being and future. The conversation should be supportive, understanding, and caring. You and your family members are there to offer ideas and suggestions, not to tell your loved one what to do.  

Take Your Time

You shouldn’t rush to try and decide everything in one sitting. Take your time, understanding that this should be an ongoing, open conversation. You may want to consider offering up suggestions a few at a time, so you don’t overwhelm your loved one.

A Note for Seniors And Caregivers

If you are realizing that you may need some extra help in the future, don’t wait for your children to start the conversation. Your children and other loved ones may be denying the fact that you are getting older and postponing the discussion. It may be wise to talk to your doctor about what type of care you may need and look over various adult home care options beforehand.


By taking the initiative to share your preferences with your family, you’ll be sure to have a say in what your future looks like. Also, consider taking this time to talk to a lawyer and getting your will and estate planning documents in order. It’s never too early to start planning.

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Office Location: 6136 Frisco Square Blvd #487c, Frisco, TX 75034


 

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