Explaining diseases can be an unnerving responsibility that you may find yourself tasked with. The news may have just come from your loved one or their doctor, and now you have to tell the rest of your family. HarborChase Senior Living understands the situation you may have found yourself in, and we’re here to help. While the task may seem intimidating, the best way to undertake this task is to know how to approach it properly.
1. Take a Moment to Breathe
While the diagnosis may be important for other family members to know, don’t force yourself to break the news too soon. Explaining diseases is not an easy task, and you may still be reeling from the news yourself. It is crucial that you allow yourself, and your loved one, to be comfortable with the diagnosis before sharing it with others.
One of the most essential things about explaining diseases to family members, especially when talking to children, is your level of comfort in the situation. If you are calm and reassuring, your family members will embrace that feeling as well.
2. Research and Explain
Explaining diseases may require you to research them to understand them fully. Every disease has a different method of handling or explaining. Take the time to research the diagnosis and prepare the way you want to explain the disease to your family members. Knowledge is power and giving yourself time to research and fully understand the condition will significantly help the way you describe the diagnosis to your family. The research will also allow you to answer questions and alleviate added stress that may come up during the conversation.
3. Look Beyond the Diagnosis
Explaining the disease and diagnosis is not the only thing you need to plan out. If your loved one has been diagnosed with an illness that requires additional care, you need to know your loved one’s options. Creating a plan for battling a disease also provides added relief when sharing the diagnosis with family.
Explaining diseases can be a tough task, and you should be ready to answer questions when presenting the diagnosis to your family. If you’re planning on being the caretaker for your loved one, you should research what that entails as well. Caregiver burnout is very real, and caregiving can have adverse effects on you and your family if not handled properly.
HarborChase Senior Living knows how difficult this time can be for you, your loved one, and your family. If you are tasked with explaining diseases to family members, it is best to know your options and the severity of the disease can alter your options. Our senior living communities have many levels of care services, from assisted living to our memory care services, The Cove and The Sound. Our options give your loved one the attention and support they deserve. HarborChase Senior Living can provide your loved one with a truly unique and attentive experience. If you’re interested in learning more, we encourage you to contact us today.