Convincing your senior loved one to quit smoking can be a challenge, especially if he or she has had the habit for many years. However, a combination of stating the facts and providing support may be the key to making this happen. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care Lancaster families trust, offers these suggestions to help convince your loved one to quit smoking.
Become a Support System
Your loved one may feel he or she doesn’t have a smoking problem or the willpower to quit. If your loved one denies he or she is addicted, lovingly point out the number of times you’ve seen him or her stop an activity because of the need for a cigarette. Let your loved one know you and your family will be with him or her every step of the way. If your loved one knows he or she has family support, it may make the road to quitting a less stressful journey.
Advocate the Health Benefits
In a calm, loving way, let your loved one know how much you care about his or her health. Remind your loved one smoking increases his or her chances of having a heart attack and getting cancer, and that the risk of cancer decreases each year after quitting. Also mention that, according to the National Health Service of England, a person’s heart attack risk drops by approximately half 5 years after quitting. Knowing these facts may give your loved one enough incentive to want to quit smoking.
Talk About Financial Savings
Discuss how much money your loved one will save if he or she quits smoking. Talk about all of the fun trips your loved one can take and activities he or she can do with friends and family with the money saved from not buying cigarettes.
Remind your loved one how proud you are of him or her taking the first steps in trying to quit smoking. If he or she weakens and has a cigarette, don’t get mad. Hold your loved one’s hand and tell him or her you understand how hard quitting has been. Praise, encouragement, and rewards will often be more powerful motivators than nagging, guilt, and threats.
Helping your loved one quit smoking is just one way to set him or her on a path to healthier and happier living. Another way is with the help of a professional caregiver. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are available 24/7 to help seniors with a variety of tasks to promote their health, including exercise assistance, nutritious meal prep, and help with healthy grooming habits. We also offer specialized care for seniors with a variety of complex health conditions. For more information on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care Lancaster seniors can benefit from, call one of our Care Managers at (717) 540-4663 to schedule a complimentary consultation.