Change is never an easy thing no matter how old you are. However, it cannot be avoided so instead of worrying about it, the sensible thing to do is lay out a working plan. This will help regain control of the situation, particularly when it involves the sick and elderly. As we age, our bodies begin to deteriorate both mentally and physically and our family members cannot always be around to take care of us owing to work and other commitments. Hence, it would be wise to look into the option of home-care, something that has gained substantial traction in the recent past for its numerous benefits. Seeing as how it brings someone completely unknown into your home though, you do need to help the patient adjust to this change. Here are a few ways how.
Equip the Caregiver with Information
First things first. Before you help the patient get acquainted with the caregiver, you need to ensure that the caregiver himself/ herself knows what to expect. The best way to do this is of course to first have a heart-to-heart chat and get to know each other. Once you have established a rapport, you can then present them with a document outlining all the patient’s details. This will include things like current illnesses, problems, likes and dislikes and so on. For those surfing from dementia or Alzheimer’s, this is particularly beneficial. Your caregiver needs to be a friend first; caregiver second. And to do that, they need as much insight as possible.
Show Them the Caregiver Is a Friend First
In home support is not just about supplying the patient with their medication on a timely basis or helping them get dressed. It is about providing companionship above all else. Being a friend and a source of comfort when no one else is around. Once again, we need to re-visit the importance of being a friend first. Some elderly or sick people often do not like the concept of bringing someone in to help them with their everyday work. They consider it to be demeaning and find it offensive. This in turn leads them to be hostile and unwelcoming which can lead to a tense situation with the caregiver. To avoid all this, why not frame the caregiver as a friend that has come to lend you a helping hand instead of the patient?
Arrange an Introductory Meeting
If you have taken a liking to a particular caregiver, but are not entirely sure whether the patient would take too kindly to them, arrange for an introductory meeting. Before signing any paperwork, get both of them to meet in a private setting that allows them to get to know each other. After all, it is the patient who will be around this person for most of the day so it is important that he/she is comfortable with the arrangement. It will also give you a chance to see if the fit works both ways. It helps them develop a bond so when the transition does occur, it is not such a shock.
Refurbish Their Quarters
A good way to ensure the patient’s stress levels are kept at a minimal, is to give their quarters a re-vamp. In fact, this is something that all of us find to be comforting when adjusting to a new situation so why not them? Fit their room or living quarters with things they enjoy and love like their favourite flowers/ plants, furniture and colours. For those who have issues with mental stability, this can have more than one benefit. Help them feel at home even when they are not sure of it themselves.
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