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Arranging for Care

You have identified that a parent needs assistance. This may be hands-on assistance or simple "check-in" companion care. Avoiding a conflict at the front door is a good start. What type of care does your parent want? What type of care will they accept? What type of care do you think your parent needs? Having a conversation with your parent ahead of time preserves their independence and is respectful.

This conversation may eliminate an uncomfortable first visit with the companion. What if your parent doesn't want help? A friendly neighbor or church member may simply visit and observe without making your parent feel intruded upon.

Once a relationship is established with the "visitor" or companion it will be easier to notice other areas of need. If there are more substantial needs identified, plan for the next step in care.