Having a conversation with your loved one about introducing a caregiver into their home is never easy. Often, having this talk can be awkward, as a senior may worry about having a new person in their home, showing vulnerability or becoming dependent, or losing privacy. The transition from a completely independent lifestyle to one that requires extra help can make anyone feel vulnerable or apprehensive. However, this shift might be necessary for your loved one, especially if their safety and personal care is at stake. It is important for potential clients to understand that a caregiver does not strive to domineer their lifestyle, but only to aid them in areas where help is needed and to offer companionship. Caregivers aim to mitigate your loved one's qualms and make clients feel as comfortable and in control as possible.
In-home aids always allow clients to make their own decisions regarding what they need help with and what they can do by themselves. We give our clients the option to deal with their own needs before assuming that they require assistance. Clients are welcome to engage in everyday tasks such as cooking in the kitchen or doing laundry. However, they can feel assured that their caregivers are there to relieve any strenuous activity involved in these tasks, such as handling heavy pans or carrying loads of laundry. The level of assistance that caregivers provide is determined by the amount of independence that your loved one desires in his or her household depending on their physical capabilities.
Introducing a caregiver into a senior's home can be a hefty adjustment for anyone. The amount of assistance in your loved one's home can range from a short four-hour visit to a 24/7 caregiver presence. If a new client is anxious about in-home care, we recommend beginning visits at shorter durations throughout the week. Over time, a caregiver can come by more frequently, considering the amount of help that is required of them.
Caregivers understand their client's uneasiness, and work hard to develop a mutual friendship with them. However, clients are encouraged to take the lead in the client-caregiver relationship. It is essential that clients feel empowered in their own homes, and do not fear losing their independence. Caregivers are there for clients to make their lives easier, not to control their lifestyles.