How Can You Tell Other Family Members about a Scary Diagnosis?

How Can You Tell Other Family Members about a Scary Diagnosis?
As an elderly adult your senior is likely to face quite a few health scares. She might even get a diagnosis that neither of you expected. When it comes to sharing that diagnosis with other family members, it helps if you have a process to follow.

Figuring out When to Share the News

When you share this significant health information can be just as important as how you share it. Choosing a time during which other activities are going on is likely to be distracting and possibly even take away from what you're sharing. Make sure that you're setting up a time to talk with as many other family members as possible and that there's nothing else going on at the time.

Get All the Information First

If you don't have much information yet, you might want to hold off a little bit before sharing too much with other family members. When you feel as if you have more than just surface information about how this will affect your senior, you may feel more prepared to talk to other family members. This is also the perfect time for you to find resources to support you and your elderly family member. Support groups and experienced elderly care providers can help you to learn what you need to know.

Explain What's Going On

When you're ready, sit everyone down and speak openly and honestly about what is going on. You may want to ask everyone to hold their questions until you have shared the bulk of your information with them. Try to be as clear and as open as you can be while still respecting your senior's privacy and her dignity. Make sure that you do leave time for everyone to ask questions, too.

Point Other Family Members to Resources

Now that your other family members have an idea what is going on, point them to some resources that can help. Books, websites, and support groups can all help your other family members to understand what you and your elderly family member are facing. They can even learn how to help you both as much as possible.

Stay Positive

Above all, you have to remain positive about what your senior and your family are experiencing. If you let negativity take over, then your other family members will pick up on that, too, and that can cause a bit of trouble.

The more information that your other family members have about your senior's diagnosis the easier it will be for them to help you and her. When you find new resources, make sure that you share them all around.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Sandy, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 


Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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