My mother is 86, she has always been very independent and has lived alone since my father died more than 10 years ago.
Recently she has passed through a severe health problem and, though she will be discharged from hospital soon, she is considerably weakened, to the point of needing help to walk some steps to the bathroom. Doctors state that she absolutely cannot live alone at the moment, that she is going to need, not only home help, but also (almost) permanent attention, by someone able to perform elementary nursing care and ready to call emergency if needed. In particular, some episodes of shortness of breath are alarming.
She has already suggested that I can live with her, which is out of the question, not least because I like to live alone. So, there's a need to hire someone to live with her permanently. It's an affordable option that will mean a much less radical change of life for her as e.g. a nursing home.
Now, I'm struggling with how to have a conversation about this with her. How to start "the" conversation that ends with "we are going to hire someone to live with you permanently"?