What Methods Are Most Effective at Helping Your Dad Stop Smoking?

Your dad is ready to stop smoking. He needs your support. He also needs to know the most effective methods.


Homecare in Pacifica CA: Ending Senior Smoking

Homecare in Pacifica CA: Ending Senior Smoking


Here are four methods that many former smokers have found help ease the nicotine cravings…


Counseling Sessions

Working with a counselor online, over the phone, or in person can help with cravings. A supportive person who your dad can call throughout the day and night can be very helpful. If a counselor is desired, look for one who has been a smoker and knows exactly what the cravings are like when you try to quit. Pairing counseling with nicotine replacement therapy is even more effective.


Smoking Cessation Aids

Nicorette gum, nicotine patches, inhalers, and lozenges are all smoking cessation aids that work for people who are quitting smoking. The medications offer a dose of nicotine to help ease cravings. Over the weeks and months, the dosage of nicotine is reduced. This helps wean the body from the addictive substance.

Prescription medications and over-the-counter smoking cessation aids often lead to annoying side effects. For example, the oral medication Chantix may lead to anxiety and irritability. Nicotine patches may irritate the skin. Oral medications like gum or lozenges may cause heartburn and indigestion.



Some smokers find hypnosis can be effective in decreasing the intensity or frequency of cravings. If your dad enters into a hypnosis session believing it will never work, his frame of mind may impact the effectiveness. Make sure he’s open to the idea that a hypnosis session can really help him stop smoking.

Insurance plans are not likely to cover the cost of hypnosis, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. If you pair hypnosis with smoking cessation aids, it can be easier to quit.


Bring in Support

Your dad’s going to have times when the cravings are worst. Certain things will trigger cravings. If your dad always started his day with a cigarette, newspaper, and cup of coffee, he may find the newspaper and coffee make him want the coffee more than during other times of the day. Having someone there for the cravings can make them easier. If you distract your dad from the craving, he’ll have an easier time.

Hire a caregiver to help with the necessary distractions. Instead of having a coffee right after getting up, have a senior care professional join your dad for a walk around the neighborhood. When he’s back, the caregiver can cook his breakfast while he takes a shower. Learn more about the benefits of senior care by calling an agency now.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering homecare in Pacifica, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.