Is your loved one ready for care but you don’t know how to broach the subject? Talking about care can be difficult and challenging, especially because you are having to deal with own issues and emotions. Remember that nobody wakes up wanting care and everybody that has accepted it does so under duress. In most cases a loved and trusted friend or relative had to start this difficult conversation and had to love them enough to be honest. Remember why they need care and what might happen if they don’t receive it.
Prepare and be ready for the conversation. It is highly likely that they will not be pleased that you have brought the subject up, so be ready. Make some notes, so if the conversation gets challenging and emotional you do not lose you way.
Be respectful and supportive, this is difficult for you but it is much worse for them. Don’t get annoyed if things don’t go the way you planned, it probably won’t! Prepare for their reaction, there are millions of ways they could react, here are the most likely:
- They refuse to talk about the situation
- They refuse to accept the situation and deny what you say
- They accept what you say but insist they can cope
- They react angrily and dismiss you
Be ready to stop if you are upsetting them too much, pushing through will achieve nothing, come back another day.
We hope you found this blog helpful, please also read: Timing is everything when looking for care
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