Talking to Your Loved One About In-Home Care

One of the toughest conversations a family will have is about whether their aging loved one need assistance and support, and what kind is needed. It can be stressful to anticipate whether the individual will agree and accept the care they need.

Nine out of 10 seniors prefer to remain in their own homes, rather than be moved to an assisted living facility or nursing home. The care team at Home Care Assistance, a provider of home-based caregiving with 165 locations around the world, including three in the greater Chicago area, helps seniors age well at home.

Many seniors fear the loss of independence and physical frailty, and don’t want to be a burden to their families. But their families need to make sure their loved one is safe and capable of taking care of him or herself. Some signs that they aren’t doing that include worsening forgetfulness, poor hygiene, a messy home, bruising from a fall, a change in personality and social isolation. These symptoms could be signs of dementia or the inability to manage their medical conditions, such as diabetes or Parkinson’s disease. These signs often indicate a conversation about care should take place.

Home Care Assistance can help. Our Client Care Managers can assist with everything from arranging family meetings to discuss the situation, to providing the needed level of care, which can range from a few hours a day to a 24-hour, around-the-clock arrangement.

Introducing care should be positive conversation since caregivers can help promote the independence of your loved one. Home Care Assistance caregivers are there to be of help when it is needed, to stand back when it is not, and provide a regular source of comfort, compassion and understanding. The care team at Home Care Assistance is available to help you speak with your loved one about in-home care and how a caregiver can help promote their independence, where they prefer: at home.

Margalit Tocher


Home Care Assistance of Greater Chicago