When you are planning to be a caregiver for an elderly individual, it is a great responsibility. You might have taken this job for money or you could be providing care to a family member or friend. Regardless of the reasons why you have become a home care provider, you will find challenges and rewards throughout the process.
Here we have organized some tips that can help you prepare for your upcoming job as a senior home care provider.
1. Speak to the elderly patient as soon as possible. This may be a family member and you may know him or her well, but no matter how well you think you know them, you want to make sure that the care you provide is in line with what they want and need.
As soon as you make a commitment to provide home care to this individual, schedule a time to either talk to them on the phone or in person. You can talk about certain aspects of care that they require, activities that they may be interested in doing, and other issues that should be addressed first.
2. Respect the elderly patient’s autonomy. Even though you are going to be providing care for this individual, that doesn’t mean that you need to rule them with the proverbial iron fist. Whether it’s an elderly parent or somebody you don’t even know yet, you need to show them respect.
3. Start slow. Even though you may be excited about the prospect of being their caregiver, and you want the best for them, often ambition and zealousness can lead to problems. Take your time beginning the process as a caregiver.
4. Remember to take care of yourself first. This is one bit of advice that too many caregivers fail to realize. They try to do everything for the elderly individual, to the point of letting their own health deteriorate. When that happens, they will be unable to not only provide care for themselves but also for the person who needs it.
You are going to be providing an incredibly important service for somebody who needs help at home. No matter how long you are going to be a caregiver or how many hours a week you will be providing care, you need to find time to take care of yourself. That includes eating right, getting the right amount of exercise, and having time to relax.
When you can do these things in preparation of being a caregiver, you will find that the process goes much more smoothly.
If you have an aging loved one who needs professional elderly care, or are considering home care services for yourself call Harmony Home Health and talk to our care staff. They will be attentive to your situation, and provide clear and immediate options to help you deal with the difficulties you face. Harmony Home Health provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.