6 Tips for Bringing Balance to Live in Care for Seniors Providers and Patients in Dover, NH
Finding balance in life is very important, no matter whether you’re 20, 60, or 100 years old. As a live in caregiver, or relying on one, developing balance between the two of you is essential to a positive working relationship.
When the relationship is positive, it’s going to have a direct impact on the patient’s health and well-being. Below are 6 tips that can help bring that all-important balance to the live in care for seniors working relationship.
- Communicate clearly and often. Once a person is comfortable in a specific situation, it could lead to less conversation or communication. Make time every week to sit down and talk with the other individual. This is the time to address any concerns that may arise.
- Establish some ‘down time.’ As a live in home care provider, you’re going to be on call around the clock. After some time, you’ll understand the most likely times that the patient is going to require assistance. During those less essential time periods, this is an opportunity to establish time to yourself (even though you’ll still be on call).
- Define ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ needs. Research has shown that when people get help, the more they get the more they may tend to require. Some of the things the senior might need help with, or call you for, may very well be things he or she could do himself or herself. The live in home care provider isn’t a slave to the elderly homeowner.
- Get out once in a while. Even though you are providing live in home care for the patient, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your own life. Get out and spend time with family and friends. You may need to organize this time off to get another caregiver in to be with the patient, but once a week or every other week may be just what you need to keep focused.
- Keep privacy intact. This is important for both the caregiver and the patient. If privacy isn’t respected, it can have a negative impact on the working relationship. Maintain your personal space and keep it separate from the working space.
- Engage the patient. When you engage the elderly patient, you encourage him or her to get involved in various activities. This is important to emotional well-being and it can have more positive repercussions throughout the rest of their life.
you or someone you know needs the help of Live-In home care services in Dover, NH contact the caregivers at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.
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