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3 Steps to Making Live in Care Work for the Aging Senior in Your Life

Live in Care for Seniors in Lakewood, NJ

Live in Care for SeniorsWhen it comes time to call on the services of live in care for an aging senior in your life, you want them to be safe. You may realize that your elderly parent or grandparent, for example, is struggling to get out of bed. What about during the middle of the night?

You may have had some sleepless nights lying awake wondering whether they were okay or not, tempted to call there to check on them. Over time, it became clear that they needed some type of support and assistance and maybe you were the one offering that level of care for a while. However, in time they needed more than you could offer, especially during those overnight hours.

When you hire a live in home care provider through an agency, these individuals are likely going to be experienced and already have the tools necessary to make this work for the senior in their care. There are some things family members can do to help make the smoother transition and encourage the senior to give this opportunity a fair chance to succeed.

Here are three steps that can help make live in care be an ideal situation for just about any senior.

Step #1: Make sure the senior agrees to it.

It’s easy for adult children in their 40s or 50s, for example, to assume they know what’s best for their aging loved one. It’s also easy to assume that any senior who refuses outside assistance in care is not thinking rationally.

However, it’s up to the elderly individual to determine the course of care for their life. When considering having a live in home care provider move in with the senior, it’s absolutely essential that the elderly homeowner agrees to it.

Step #2: Encourage a conversation.

The senior and the live-in caregiver should have a long conversation once they are comfortable with each other. This could be on the first day or within the first few days after the caregiver moves in. This conversation should include expectations the senior has to the way the caregiver tends to do things, and work to reach a compromise on some important topics.

Step #3: Constantly evaluate the relationship.

This is especially important during the first several weeks and months. The senior and the caregiver should constantly evaluate the working relationship. If there are some things that are bothering either one, they need to be addressed in an open, honest, and respectful manner.

By following the steps, live-in care for seniors can work for anyone.

If you or an aging loved one are considering , NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)

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