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Choosing the Proper Caregiver Could Ensure Happiness and Longevity

May 3, 2019


Finding the right caregiver for your loved one could be a very difficult task to endeavor. You want to have faith that the homecare company or assisted living has this handled and meets your expectations however sometimes it's simply not the right fit. 

It's important to remember that having the right caregiver with your loved one could improve their quality of life while at the same time improve the caregivers work productivity and satisfaction. Most of all it will improve both the caregiver and care receiver's happiness. Isn't that what we want? 

Where to start… Let’s think about this. 

1. Are the physical and medical needs paired with the qualifications of the caregiver? 

2. Will there be a positive home/work environment for each individual?

3. Are the genders appropriate and what’s wanted?

4. Will their personalities complement one another?

If these criteria are not matched appropriately you are not giving the relationship a fair chance from the very start. Remember, all relationships matter in all aspects of society.

In any relationship there needs to be a fair level of trust and mutual respect. Both these traits are acquired and earned however, when it comes to caregiving and receiving it needs to already be in place to a degree and then built with time. I recommend doing meet and greet meetings with caregivers and their potential care receivers. This way it is not the first time a person is meeting someone that is coming to provide them with possible hands on care or even being in the comfort of their personal space. Right at that meet and greet, respect and trust can be initiated, and they can also get a feel for each other and foreshadow if the relationship has a chance.

In all relationships there needs to be balance, understanding, and a clear definition of roles. A conversation should be had between both the caregiver and receiver as well as a third party or more to outline expectations. If the elderly client wants to remain as independent as possible, they should have that right and the caregiver and family should support that; to a safe degree. Should there be activities that the client needs assistance with the caregiver should assist them while helping maintain the elderly person’s dignity. This needs to be made clear to all parties. If roles are defined, then boundaries can be respected and success of the relationship is in sight.

You may think that this information is only crucial for an "in home” caregiver but that is not true. The number one thing I tell my clients when moving into an assisted living community is that this is their new home. The entire community is their home not only their apartment. So why should their comfort level be taken away simply because they are not in their single-family home. You can request the same thing from the executive director or resident care director at any senior living community you go to. Should there be a conflict or you are simply not matching up with your caregiver, talk to the community representatives and I am sure they will do what they can to make you happy within their ability.

Lastly, there is one main characteristic that both the caregiver and the care receiver have in common. Can you guess what that is? They are both people who have the right to happiness and to have their needs met. Although their needs and what makes them happy may differ, they are both entitled to it and can achieve it with proper planning.

I hope this little blurb helped and please, should you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us here at Next Stage. We are happy to help. 

Jennifer B.

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