Transitioning your Loved One to Home Care

shutterstock_297181847Since birth, our parents have been caring for us and looking out for our best interest. As we both grow older, it is time for us children to step up to the plate and take on the caregiver role. As our parents age it can oftentimes be difficult to attend to all their needs on a 24/7 basis. On its own, being a full-time parent with a career can be overwhelming, not mention caring for your aging loved one.

If your parent or aging loved one is at a vulnerable place and suffers from Alzheimer’s or Dementia , you’ll want them to have the home care there is. Your parent will need special assistance on a daily basis. From personal care, medical reminders and meal preparation, to companionship, a personal caregiver will make sure your loved one is in good hands. When it comes to senior care, you need to have confidence in who you allow into your aging loved one’s home, trust the caregiver to take care of your loved one.

In order to deal with this transition between family care and home care, it is best to get to know the caregiver being assigned to your relative. With Private Home Care Services, we ensure in depth background checks are done prior to matching a caregiver to a client. For your own peace of mind, it is recommended that you take the time to get to know the caregiver and establish if it’s a good match between them and your loved one.

Simplify this transition by helping the caregiver settle in. Your loved one may be feeling a bit overwhelmed being left at home with someone they hardly know. Inform the caregiver about specific accommodations and requests they should keep in mind when you are not present to ensure a smooth transition. Occasionally checking up on your relative can help as well. Not only will this allow you to monitor your loved one’s progress, but you’ll have a chance to be actively involved in their care decisions!

Lastly, do not leave all the personal care tasks to the caregiver. Take time yourself to assist your relative with simple tasks such as helping them with their hygiene or keeping them company by taking them on walks. Answer any questions your loved one may have. It may take a while for you and your loved one to adjust to the transition of having a caregiver in their home, but with these few steps, it will be a smooth transition.

Private Home Care Services are here to help you and your loved one. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us today!