As a seasoned agency who offers in-home care services, taking on new clients is relatively easy for us. However, we recognize the questions and concerns that our new clients have.
When a new client starts in on this new journey – inviting a caregiver into their home to help take care of personal and medical needs is a whole new world. We get it. We can help with this too!
There are some things that can be done to help ease a senior’s mind during this transition. Here are our top 5 favorite ways to help seniors adjust to in-home care:
Discuss this transition well in advance. No one likes to be side-blinded by big changes, especially in the home. Be sure to make the decision to hire a caregiver. This is personal, and it is imperative to maintain as much dignity as possible. It’s important for everyone to remember that a home caregiver or private duty will aid in that department because our services support independence in the home.
- Call a meeting.
Have meetings with the new caregiver with you and your family. Developing a connection with your new caregiver is paramount for a successful relationship. Have an open dialogue about concerns and expectations – on both sides! This open communication fosters transparency, peace of mind, comfort, trust, and will help build a long lasting friendship, too.
- All hands on deck.
Have those close to you be involved. If you are the client, be sure to have your family and/or friends involved in this new process. It will help you feel more at ease knowing you have someone to discuss this new chapter with.
- No gaps in care.
Create a respite care schedule. There will be times a caregiver has vacation or perhaps an emergency. Be sure to have another caregiver available for these instances, or a family or friend to fill in the gaps so the needs of your loved one are met.
- Do it with love.
Most of all – be patient and compassionate. Remember that hiring a caregiver or private duty nurse is a big decision for clients and their families. Practice patience, and understanding, and ensure that their best interest always comes first.
Remember, all of the Sunland staff provides services to seniors because we are kind, compassionate, and truly dedicated to the happiness, good health, and well-being of our senior community. Take comfort in our care.
Please contact us with any questions you may have. We are here to help! Call us today!