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Talking Points for Loved Ones When Talking About Elderly Home Care Services

It isn’t always easy to convince the elderly of how home care services will be a better alternative for them. Most often than not, it comes off as if you want to get rid of them, although you just want them to live better lives.

If you are going through a similar problem, you’ll be happy to know that we have a home care solution for you. The following are a few talking points that will help you convince your elderly relatives that they would be better off with home care solutions, without hurting their feelings.

Show Compassion

The first and the foremost thing that you need to do is stand in the shoes of your elderly loved ones and see the situation from their point of view. See what things may bother them. You can even sit down with them and have an open talk so that they can tell you what exactly their concerns are. You can further tackle those concerns in the process.

Their Independence

Being independent is one of the most crucial concerns for the elderly. After a life of complete independence, they often find it embarrassing to rely on their children to navigate through the confusing changes of life. Asking for assistance can be hard for some and this should never be an issue for your loved one.

They think that they are hindering your life and that feeling is unbearable for some. The best thing to do for this is showing them that they can be independent. They still want to feel like they have control of their lives. Don’t you want your loved one living to their fullest without your assistance? With Independa, you can preserve their independence no matter where you are.

Keep Them Involved

Don’t just opt for a home care solution and let them know about it. It is the elderly who will be living it, not you! This is why it is of utmost importance that you keep them involved in every decision that you make regarding the shift.

The best way to do this is to talk them through all their options and let them make an informed decision. The best way to do this is to include them when reviewing home care solutions and to let them choose the one that they love the most. Let them know that opting for an option from the bunch is their decision to make and they will get to choose what they like most.

Let Someone Else Talk

Doing all the talking yourself isn’t always necessary. It often happens that your parents are more likely to listen to someone else more than you. It may be their best friend, a qualified professional, or even your sibling,

If you think that someone else will be able to convince them better, let that person do the talking. Your parents are more likely to listen to them. Just make sure they address the other key talking points as well.


This topic isn’t always the easiest to talk about. No one likes feeling like a burden. These talking points can help you easily convince your parents to opt for a home care solution like Independa. Have any other talking points? Share with us in the comment section below or on our Facebook.

Making the Move to Assisted Living: Your Free Guide

In-home care is one of the biggest trends in senior housing this year, and your loved one ultimately has the final decision when they’ve reached an age to consider an assisted living community, but your input counts too.

Touring some of these communities to determine which place is right will make the transition smoother for everyone. Here are four tips on what to look for on your visits and how to help prepare for the move.

[INFOGRAPHIC] How Baby Boomers Will Impact the Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage cannot be understood solely in terms of numbers – numbers like, by 2020 there will be nearly 25 million Baby Boomers with multiple chronic conditions and over 1 million new nurses will be needed – but rather in terms of what those numbers mean for our own aging loved ones.

What happens to Grandma and Grandpa when only 10% of long-term care communities have enough nurses to provide basic care? Who will be caring for our aunts and uncles, cousins and friends? If less than 1% of registered nurses are certified in adult-gerontology, will the people we love actually be taken care of by the people we’re entrusting them with?

Numbers may not tell the whole story, but this infographic from Maryville University entitled “How Baby Boomers Will Impact The Nursing Shortage” does give us a glimpse into what the future might look like:

As you can see, there is a critical shortage of gerontology certified nurses who have the preparation required to address the needs of and care for older adults. Plus, faced with rising healthcare costs, many aging Americans and their families are unable to afford the special care they need. How can organizations in the field of aging meet the demands of this population when faced with an incredible shortage of qualified caregivers?

Fortunately, the right technology can scale and amplify a workforce in such short supply. IndependaTVe is one such technology; specifically, it’s an integrated tech platform with solutions for all organizations in the field of aging, from ALs and CCRCs to faith-based senior living communities and short-term rehabs. Smart medication reminders, dining menus and surveys, digital community calendars & more reduce staff workload so senior care organizations can deliver the quality of care their residents expect and deserve, regardless of staff size or labor market shortages. Download the IndependaTVe brochure now to discover how this technology can help your organization provide more care with fewer staff.

Infographic provided by Maryville University Online Nursing Program.

Overcoming the “2030 threat” to senior living

The U.S. government projects that by 2030, there will be 35 million more jobs of all types than there will be people available to fill them. The labor shortage is expected to hit long-term care especially hard, with care workers like nurses and nursing assistants in especially short supply. How can technology help fill the gap?

Remote service delivery

Telemedicine — also referred to as telehealth — uses telecommunications for remote delivery of health care services and information. The field provides a variety of clinical services using the Internet, wireless technologies, and satellite and telephone media, according to the American Telemedicine Association.

As the product of decades of research and guided by numerous standards and best practices, telemedicine is considered to be a safe and effective way to provide health care services.

Accelerating productivity

Many senior care providers are looking at ways to use technology to accelerate productivity. By analyzing how other industries — such as auto manufacturing — use technology like robots to boost productivity, experts hope to accomplish higher levels of care with fewer employees. For example, by making use of technology that measurably increases productivity, one nursing assistant in the future may be able to accomplish the same level of care as three workers today.

Providing turnkey solutions

Technologies like IndependaTVe™ serve as comprehensive solutions that include an array of benefits to increase productivity of clinical staff and reduce the need for in-person visits. As a fully integrated, cloud-based solution, IndependaTVe™ supports caregiving with tools for monitoring, communications and social engagement.

An easy-to-use interface guides the system, which is accessible via a digital dashboard available on the desktop or through mobile devices.

Moving past the long-term care labor shortage

The so-called “2030 threat” of too few workers to fill available jobs will have an impact on long-term care. But many senior living providers already are putting technology in place to increase staff productivity and reduce the number of needed workers. Telemedicine, productivity accelerators and turnkey solutions like IndependaTVe™ will help bridge the gap in providing essential care to seniors.


Economic recovery: The perfect time to invest in senior living technology

A recent investment bank report notes that senior housing real estate is experiencing historically favorable investment rates, low cap rates and high valuations. With the senior living industry in growth mode, many communities are investing in technology that provides differentiation in the marketplace and helps keep occupancy high.

An improving real estate market

The recovering economy and improving real estate market are providing a boost to the senior living industry, according to the report, published by Brown Gibbons Lang & Company Investment Bankers. Occupancy rates held steady in the second quarter, with average independent living occupancy at 91 percent and assisted living at 88.4 percent.

At the same time, independent living and assisted living median valuations ranged from $200,000 to $250,000, reflecting the improved economy and real estate market.

Adding value through technology

Many communities are taking advantage of the favorable economic conditions in the senior living industry to add amenities that can keep occupancy high. With 60 percent of seniors going online and nearly half using a high-speed broadband connection in their homes, expectations around technology in senior living have increased significantly in recent years.

Many communities are adding Wi-Fi throughout their campuses as a benefit to residents, family members, staff and visitors. Marketing staff members who know details about the service — speed, uptime percentage and security measures, for instance — can answer questions and provide comparisons to other services.

Three-quarters of seniors who go online use the Internet to communicate with family and friends. IndependaTVe provides senior living residents with a simple way to stay in touch with loved ones using their familiar TV remote. The system’s simple software interface, known as Angela, guides residents in using video chat and messaging to stay connected.

Technology as a differentiating amenity

In the competitive marketplace of senior living, communities are seeking ways to stand out. Many are taking advantage of the current favorable economic conditions as an opportunity to add desirable technological amenities such as campuswide Wi-Fi and IndependaTVe.



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    Kelly M., Director of Rec Therapy
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    93 Year Old Independa User
  • I love that Dad can get digital photos now. He didn’t want a Facebook account so the only time he would see any photos was when we came over to visit and we’d show him on our iPhone. Now he gets them himself on the TV all the time, and when people come to visit him he proudly shows them his photo album on the TV.

    HUD Building Developer/Operator
  • I’ve been using video chat and it has opened up my world – my family who live close by still visit once a week, but now I get to see them every day. I also get to see the rest of the family who live interstate and can’t come to visit. I also video chat with old friends who I haven’t seen for years. It has made such a big difference to my life, I don’t feel isolated anymore. I highly recommend this to other people; it really does change your life.

    HUD Building Developer/Operator
  • I live in California, my 80 year-old dad lives in Texas and my 21 year-old daughter lives in Colorado. My daughter spends all her time on social media using her smart phone, whereas my dad spends all his time watching TV, he doesn’t understand social media and doesn’t have a smart phone. Independa is great because not only does it bring us closer despite the geographical distance between us, it bridges the gap between the generations because it uses the technology they are most comfortable with.

    Independa User
  • We use the video chat feature in the resident’s TV to get the entire circle of care together at once; we will have the nurse and the physical therapist in the room with the resident, and we will then video call their family. That way everyone who is involved in their care gets the same message at the same time and can ask questions while we are present so there is no confusion. One time when we were working with a deaf resident, we were able to arrange for her daughter to sign via video chat and translate what we were saying and the questions her mother had; it made such a huge difference.

    Short-term Rehab Operator
  • My dad was on the Honor Flight to DC today. An amazing trip for a veteran. I was able to meet him at the Korean War Memorial. He is a Korean War veteran. I was able to send pictures of the entire experience to my mom at home throughout the day. Mom was thrilled, and when my dad gets home he has all the pictures from his trip on his TV and can even play a slideshow. Amazing!!! Thank you!

    Daughter of Independa User
  • Video chat on the TV is great! I was using FaceTime on my iPad to see the grandkids and I thought that was the greatest thing, but seeing them all on the big TV is truly incredible, it’s like they are in the room with me. I love it!

    HUD Building Developer/Operator
  • When Lillian broke her hip a week before her Grandson’s wedding, she and the family were broken hearted because they thought she would have to miss this very special day. Thankfully, she had chosen Wellbridge of Brighton for her short-term rehab. “I’m going to my Grandson’s wedding” she proudly told the staff as she received the video call through her TV and was instantly ‘seated’ in the front row for the ceremony!

    Short-term Rehab
  • I travel a lot for work. I used to worry myself sick about not being able to be there if Mom needed me. She says the smartphone I got her is too small, too complicated, and hard to see, but she loves using Independa. Now she can see all her shows and we can video chat so I can make sure she’s taking her medicine. It’s such a relief to check in anytime and know she’s OK.

    Daughter of Independa User