Advice for relatives
Whilst our experience overwhelmingly shows relatives want the best for their parents, we know they often find the transition from caring-parent to parent-to-be-cared-for difficult. This anxiety is often as much the result of being in an unfamiliar and unplanned position caused by a critical event, as it is by the reality. But like any decision, through being fully informed and open in communication, many positives emerge.
For example knowing a parent will be safe and cared for gives peace of mind to both sides of the equation. And there is increasing evidence to show the regular social interaction provided by a good care home substantially increases the sense of personal wellbeing.
Also, having a third party deal with the more intimate acts of personal care preserves dignity within the family structure. This often re-establishes a positive parent/child relationship, rather than one of patient/carer dependence.
Of course, because this is obviously not a situation of anyone’s choosing, there is inevitably a degree of managing wants and needs. But once again open communication and full possession of the facts makes for easier and supportive decision-making.
So how can you make sure you’re fully informed? We believe a good place to start is by talking to us. Over the 30 plus years we’ve been running care homes and homecare services we’ve built up an almost unparalleled knowledge base, which we will be happy to share with you, without obligation.
Going forward, if you choose us and would like to take an active role, we have an established family association for feedback and sharing ideas.
If you’d like to know more – call one of our empathetic team on 01737 224334.