The more that a home care aide understands about his or her client, the more likely they will be able to offer adequate support. However, this does not mean an elderly individual should open up every aspect of their life to this prospective caregiver. There are some things that seniors may not feel comfortable sharing or would be better served avoiding sharing, at least until they get to know this individual and feel comfortable and confident in their abilities to do the right thing by them.
Below are a few topics that some seniors may wish to keep closer to the vest, so to speak, at least in the beginning when they first start working with a home care aide. Remember, through an agency, more caregivers today are going through a careful interview process and background screening check to help ensure safety for all of those clients.
Any personally identifiable information, especially a Social Security number, should be kept personal. It may be needed for administrative purposes with an agency, but the elderly person should avoid sharing this number or any other similar identifiable information with anyone at first.
A home care aide may certainly be called on to assist with paying bills, writing out checks, and even sending payments out by mail, but as little banking information as is needed to share should be done. In some cases, seniors may feel more comfortable with someone in their family or even a friend helping with these matters, at least in the beginning.
There are certainly going to be situations where a home care aide absolutely needs access to a client’s medical information, especially if they are a visiting nurse and will be taking vital statistics, but if there are situations the elderly client does not wish to share, they should never feel compelled to do so unless absolutely necessary for some aspect of the work to be provided.
Over time, the longer a person works with another individual, especially on a daily or regular basis, the more comfortable they will become. At that point, they may be more open to sharing some of this information, especially if it provides more comfort for them, relief for a family caregiver, or some other circumstance has arisen.
If an elderly client has any question about what is necessary to share, they can always consult the administrative staff at this agency or even turn to family and friends they trust for advice.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Marlton, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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