Right at Home was recently featured in Noozhawk, a local Santa Barbara publication. The article discusses the topic of starting the conversation of caregiving to a love one. The article highlights Santa Barbara franchisees Larry and Tina Kreider. The article discusses tactics and options available to those who are beginning to think about caregiving for elders. A portion of the article is below and can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

Getting the Conversation Started on Caregiving

Right at Home’s Larry Kreider offers tips for discussing the topic with a loved one

Approaching a sensitive subject is an arduous task no matter the topic, but when typical family roles are reversed — with adult children recommending help for their aging parents — advice and suggestions can be met with a slough of negative emotions. And as more baby-boomers retire, aging parents will need assistance performing their day-to-day needs.

Larry Kreider, who with his wife, Tina, owns Right at Home, an in-home care and assistance provider, offered pointers to begin the caregiving conversation with a loved one.

“There are probably as many answers to the question of getting the conversation started as there are kids,” Kreider said. “One important thing to remember is that driving is a powerful symbol and facilitator of freedom and independence. Most people have been doing this task since their teens.”

Kreider suggests singling out one problem at a time so that a parent doesn’t feel attacked and greater focus can be added to the conversation. Driving, the gateway of performing many daily tasks, is often the contested subject. Before having this meeting, find out which activities make up the parent’s daily routine. Tagging along with a parent to learn his or her problems and limitations is another important component of starting the caregiving conversation.

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