Managing Hostility: How to Navigate a Difficult Transition
The aging process naturally requires individuals to undergo a series of transitions—some of which are easier to endure than others. Elderly individuals, in particular, are faced with a long list of physical, mental, and emotional transitions to which they may find it hard to adjust. From having a family member move in to receiving home care to experiencing new medical complications, elderly individuals may feel strained by the number of transitions they must accept.
John, from Lexington, South Carolina, takes care of his grandmother. When he decided to go back to school to earn his college degree, John knew that he needed to hire a senior care professional to look after his grandmother when he was in class. Although his grandmother was happy that her grandson was going to school, she felt as though he was giving up on her. Despite her best efforts, she became a bit hostile when he brought up the subject of school or of finding the right home care provider.
After hiring a senior care professional, John talked to the caretaker about the increase in hostility that his grandmother was feeling. The caretaker offered several tips to manage this hostility—and attempt to avoid it in the future.
- Ensure that you communicate with your loved one regarding upcoming life transitions. Ask if your senior has any questions, explain the importance of the transition, and, if the change is happening by choice, tell your elderly loved one why it is important. By talking to his grandmother, John was able to reassure her that he was not abandoning her; he simply wanted to ensure that she had the best care while he was at school.
- Talk to your senior about an upcoming transition in advance. This will give your loved one time to prepare for and learn more about the change.
- If your elderly loved one is able, allow them to participate in decisions that will affect them. The transition may be less stressful if it is something they are choosing for themselves.
John knows that communication and patience are important when managing hostility. With these tips, you can guide your loved one through major transitions in a more positive manner.
Call Charlene Richardson at Always Best Care of the Midlands at (803) 603-6935 or visit www.seniorcarecolumbia.com today for help managing your families’ senior care needs.
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