Home care options are a wonderful idea to talk about among family members, whether it’s a disabled loved one, a senior, or somebody about to go through a recovery process following a hospitalization, which can include major surgery, an illness, or injuries or some other health emergency.
When talking about home care options, expectations could be high.
Some people have extremely low expectations of home care support while others think about it with hope. Whatever those expectations are, it’s important to help the senior get ready to rely on these types of caregivers.
Here are a few steps that the senior and possibly their family can take to get ready for home care support services.
Step #1: Get medical information organized.
This caregiver does not need to have access to the personal medical information of their client, but knowing where it’s stored could be essential in the event of an emergency. What if there’s no family available to talk to and the doctor needs this information? If the home care aide knows where this information is and as long as it’s organized, it can help in potential emergency scenarios.
Step #2: Write down contact information.
Jot down phone numbers, addresses, and other vital information the home care aide might need in the event of an emergency. If they have to struggle to find this information, if they have to go through the agency, it could take several hours or even longer to be able to reach out to family or emergency contacts.
Step #3: Plan to be supportive early.
If the senior is nervous about this home care aide, essentially a stranger coming into his or her house, it’s going to be even more important to be supportive. Call and check in with the senior once or twice a day. Let them know you’re thinking about them. Let them know you will call again in a little while to make sure everything’s fine.
This can provide a great deal of comfort for the senior knowing his or her family is right there to help, if needed.
Step #4: Discuss any concerns the senior may have.
Ask questions. If the senior has concerns, but if they don’t think anybody cares enough to hear them, it can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. By asking pointed questions and listening to those answers, it can open the door to begin discussing concerns and that can provide comfort when preparing for home care support services.
For home care for seniors in Mt. Laurel, NJ, and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.
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