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  • Writer's pictureKate Bradshaw

Talking Things Through

Are your parents struggling at home?

Are they having difficulty completing day-to-day tasks and asking for your assistance more often.

It’s often difficult to have a conversation about bringing help into the home but it’s a conversation that can have many positives.Use the following conversation starters to help you talk about how home care could benefit your parents.I know you don't want to leave your home.

Assisted living communities and nursing homes aren't the only options anymore. Getting help from a qualified home care agency means you can stay in your home, but still get the assistance you need.I understand you need time to get used to the idea. By talking about home care now, while you can choose an agency you like, we can prevent a lot of uncertainty down the road. I can't always be here exactly when you need me.Home care can match your schedule. If you need someone to come over three times a day for glucose testing, or you just want some help with the laundry twice a week, home care can be tailored to give you what you need — when you need it. I know it’s hard to let another person help you, but technology might be an option.

Wearable heart rate monitors, fitness trackers and other digital devices are mainstream now, and similar technologies could offer 24-hour assistance to help us both monitor your health. I understand you have concerns about safety and privacy.

I know it might feel scary to let a stranger into your home. But a qualified home care agency is licensed, bonded and insured appropriately. We can meet with the agency staff members together, to make sure everyone feels comfortable. These staff members have specialized training and will offer you the same discretion and respect as they would provide in a hospital or nursing home setting. I know you worry about the cost.

Home care could be an affordable option. Because an aide can handle all the care, or split it with me, the costs are minimized. We can talk with the agency about what payment options they accept, or assistance programs you may qualify for. At QHC, we can connect with the right support and assist you to develop a support schedule that will maximise your funding.

If you want to know more about home care packages and see how we can help, contact our community care team today on 1300 527 464

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