Having difficult conversations with elderly parents is not anyone’s idea of a good time, but sometimes it’s necessary. As parents age, challenging transitions occur, and it often feels like navigating new territory for adult children who have never had to face these types of situations and conversations.
It’s essentially like going through a role reversal. The person who was once your authority figure and taught you right from wrong is now someone who needs guidance, support, and direction from you. Whether you need to discuss taking the car keys away due to unsafe driving, financial matters, or the prospect of hiring a caregiver to help the elderly parent, these tips for difficult conversations will help.
An all too common scenario is when it’s time to discuss an important issue, and the elderly parent shuts down to avoid the discussion entirely. They may say there’s nothing to discuss, say they will talk about it later, or even give you the silent treatment. In these situations, it’s important to remain calm and avoid getting angry or frustrated. Your negative emotions will only work against the desired outcome and make your parent more resistant to the conversation.
Instead, take the following approach to the discussion your aging parent doesn’t want to have:
In some cases, no matter how much empathy you offer or how well you handle the conversation with your elderly parent, you can’t seem to make progress. At times like these, it can be helpful to have the extra support and expert guidance from Certified Care Management professionals.
At Celestial Care, we are available to help you and your loved ones navigate issues around independence and daily living. We are dedicated to making this challenging time of transition as smooth and peaceful as possible. Connect with us online now to schedule a consultation.