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Think Your Parents May Need Help? Tips for Having the Difficult Discussion

This can be a very awkward and sensitive conversation, but when your loved one’s health and safety are concerned, it’s one that you need to have.

By Always Best Care Senior Services of Central Connecticut

While your parents may want to hold onto their independence, you may be thinking that they need some assistance and that it might be time to ask for some outside help.

This can be a very awkward and sensitive conversation, but when your loved one’s health and safety are concerned, it’s one that you need to have.

When it’s time to have the conversation, pick the right time and place for it. Try to find a non-emotional location as a first step.

During the discussion, ask questions to direct the conversation. Help lead your parents to a solution. 

You also want to make sure you know your options in advance. Instead of going into the conversation blind, do your homework before.

Point out the benefits of having help. Encourage them to see how assistance with the basics can allow them opportunities to pursue hobbies and personal interests.

You may need to call in a higher authority. Caregivers can sometimes be too close to the situation and your parents may need to hear from someone else that they should get help.

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