Hiring a home care aide is a great idea. Whether it’s for a disabled or injured adult who may be going through a long recovery process or for an elderly family member who has finally admitted to his or her limitations, home care support can be a valuable asset. Some people look to this as a last resort, but whether it’s a first option for something that was avoided for as long as possible, when hiring home care support services, it’s necessary for those loving family members to realize they still need to be involved.
There are a number of things home care aides could benefit by when provided by the client’s family, friends, or support system.
First, it’s all about respect.
If people don’t respect the work that these home care aides and visiting nurses do, it’s not going to impact the actual work done to support the client, but it can make it extra difficult for that caregiver to stay positive, especially if they’re facing extreme challenges with an ornery or disgruntled client.
When the family respects the work being done, when they understand the value in quality support, it can pay tremendous dividends during this type of situation.
Second, the aide may need information about the senior’s specific needs.
If the elderly person is clear and cogent and has the ability to provide the right information to their home care provider, that’s great. However, if they are not lucid, if they have difficulty communicating, or if they have a tendency to withhold valuable information out of a sense of pride or dignity, that home care aide is suddenly limited in how much they can actually do for this individual.
Family can provide a great deal of insight into routine, areas of interest, and much more that can help the caregiver bridge the gap and reach this client more effectively.
Third, families need to understand the aide is there to serve the client.
Sometimes people get it in their mind that a home care aide is no different than a house cleaning service. They begin dictating what the caregiver should or shouldn’t do throughout the day. They tell them to clean dishes, do the laundry, vacuum, and all these other things, when in fact their primary focus is, and should remain on, providing support to the client.
By understanding what a home care aide might need to provide the best support for a senior or disabled adult, it can allow them the opportunity to do just that: provide optimal support.