Starting "The Conversation" About Home Care Assistance

Home care assistance can be a difficult topic to discuss

Unfortunately, conversations about preparing for our senior years often do not happen. At least not as soon as they should.

In this article, Comfort Keepers offers suggestions for overcoming the discomfort that many times prevents adult children and parents from beginning these important discussions – whether about long-term home care assistance and finances, health care, end-of-life decisions, driving, or safety around the house.

The best advice is to plan carefully and think through such conversations so that they are as positive and productive as possible. Write down what you think needs to be discussed so you don’t forget anything.

Also, do not approach this important opportunity as “The Conversation”, but as an ongoing series of conversations. Address one issue at a time rather than trying to resolve everything at once. It is less intimidating that way. If you start small, you are more likely to start.

Following are additional tips for starting the discussions about home care assistance:

Seniors Can Initiate the Conversation, Too

If you are a senior who is looking ahead and wanting to plan for the future, you do not have to wait for your children to bring up the subject of home care assistance. Often adult children don’t like thinking about their parents getting older and are reluctant to initiate the discussion.


Comfort Keepers of Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo provides in home care services in the following cities and postal codes in the British Columbia area:

Beaver Creek, Cameron Lake, Cassidy, Cedar, Dashwood, Dolphin Beach, Dunsmuir, Errington, Extension, Hilliers, Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay, Parksville, Port Alberni, Qualicum Bay, Qualicum Beach, South Wellington, Sproat Lake, and Whiskey Creek

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