As we get older, we find ourselves gradually diminished and certain daily tasks can become more and more difficult to perform. It is important to identify when you will need help to contact your family or professionals directly to set up an adapted assistance service.
But it’s not easy to accept that you need help. Very often we feel that we are capable of doing everything ourselves, whether it is difficult or not. Feeling diminished is very difficult to accept, as is having to depend on outside help. An adult person will refuse to be dependent at any age because independence is something that every person fights for during their life. It is therefore difficult to turn back the clock. If your parents refuse to provide help daily, it is important to understand the reason: they do not want to accept their decrease and want to maintain an independent life.
We, therefore, advise you to take care of your parents by taking the time to tell them things calmly, without rushing them or imposing the presence of help overnight, for example. Starting this discussion will not be easy, so we advise you to read the article we have prepared for you. It will help you to easily let your parents know that they need help. So, don’t wait any longer to read on and get ready.
IDENTIFY THE NEED FOR HELP FROM PARENTS BEFORE TAKING ACTION
Before you engage in this risky discussion and tell your parents that they need help, we advise you not to jump ahead. Start by identifying your parents’ real needs and problems. Take the time to discuss with them and see them regularly to analyze the situation properly without making mistakes. Indeed, if you tell your parents that they need help when it is still too early, it could backfire very quickly!
Your parents may find it difficult to maintain their garden, their house, or take care of them on different levels. It is important to remember that your parents may be feeling well and may not easily realize that they have important things to forget, for example. So, take the time to identify your parents’ needs, and find out from helping professionals what options are available to help your parents. Based on the choices that will be available, you will be able to identify what will be best for them and the help they can receive, for example.
Then you have to get to the complicated part of telling your parents that they need help. This part will be tricky, but necessary to take care of your parents. So, take the time to prepare and get started!
TAKE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT IT
We strongly advise you not to get into the discussion as soon as you arrive or in a too direct way by imposing help from your parents. It will be important to be present and use a family meeting to indicate that you want to have a serious discussion when the opportunity arises. This sets the tone for the upcoming conversation and your parents will be much more attentive.
When you are with each other, you can begin the discussion by making sure you remain calm and as clear as possible about the situation. You need to take the time to speak calmly in a meeting in a good mood to make sure that you have chosen the right moment.
For example, if your parents are tired or having a bad day for some reason, you should avoid getting into that nerve-wracking conversation. You also need to think about yourself and choose a time when you can stay strong. This will allow you to keep your courage up if your parents react badly and don’t seem to understand the importance of getting help. We, therefore, advise you to make sure that everyone is in good shape before starting this delicate conversation.
TAKE A PARENT-FRIENDLY APPROACH
All you have to do is tell your parents that they need help. You will need to start the conversation calmly and empathetically. It’s important to show that you care about your parents because you love them and that your only goal is to keep them safe.
You can give some examples of times when your parents needed help when they were in danger. This will support your words by showing that you are not worrying for no reason, that you have waited for several serious events before wanting to talk about them seriously. But don’t forget that your parents will most likely resist and tell you that they can take care of themselves.
We advise you to appeal to their sympathy to accept help. Let them know that this help is not just for them, but also to reassure you because you are worried about their safety. Feeling that the help will also be for you will help them to accept it. When you feel they are ready to consider this possibility, don’t make the mistake of imposing the help you have found on them. You need to organize together with the type of help you need to put in place to include them in the organization and help them to feel that they still have control over their lives.
It is important to do this over several days and several conversations, it will help not to give too much information all at once!