Tuesday, May 05, 2009

How Can We Get Seniors to Accept Help?

I heard a great story the other day from the son of a woman who is 80+. He and his sister wanted their mom to have a local safety net. They finally turned to one of the Aging in Place - Beacon Hill Village type organizations. The siblings bought mom a membership.

The mom loves the membership because people with the organization help her with the small but annoying stuff of life. How to find someone to help with shopping. How to get someone to take care of her dog when she goes on vacation. Even though she says she doesn't want help and wants independence, she is slowly seeking help from her friends and from this organization. It's a long, slow build.

With aging in place, the idea of "if you build it, they will come" doesn't work immediately. It takes a long time for the comfort factor to come into play and for people to join and ask for help.

Do you have an opinion on this? Other stories?

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