Difficult Conversations with a Loved One
Adele Lund, former Director Community and Business Relations, at Laureate Group Senior Communities, shares tools on how to have a meaningful conversation with your loved one during COVID-19.
Most people consider it a privilege to care for a loved one in their time of need. But if a family member decides to critique how the caregiver is performing the role, these new comments and increased concern for their loved one opens the door to conflict. What are some communication tips for caregivers when confronting family members?
It has been customary for an adult child to worry about their aging parent’s health. But what if the reverse situation has occurred? Instead of failing health on the part of the parent, it is the adult child facing significant health setbacks. How do we handle when the adult child caregiver is facing health setbacks?
While a conversation about a parent’s living situation can be difficult, it does not have to be adversarial. In my years at Laureate Group Senior Communities helping older adults in transition, I have been witness to many family discussions that have honored the experience and feelings of everyone involved and achieved a successful outcome for the entire family.
I presented a webinar for individuals across the country on the subject of how to have a meaningful conversation with someone with dementia. When we ran out of time, attendees were asked to submit their questions so I could respond to them individually. I’d like to share a few of them with you in hopes that they add to your understanding as well.
While there is certainly no right or wrong way to have a conversation out of concern for your parent’s welfare, there are a few tips that may make the discussion flow more smoothly. What follows are a few ideas of how to talk to your parents about changing their living situation to help you approach the interactions in a way that helps you and your parents to find common ground and begin to move forward.
Talking about transportation concerns does not have to be difficult. Arrive to the discussion prepared and with a desire to help your parent make the right decision. Although these are big changes, they can be positive ones. Have a conversation that is honest, open, and respectful. Their transportation represents independence and a sense of freedom for your parent. Here a few things to consider when discussing transportation concerns.