How to Prepare Your Family for Home Care
If you’ve decided on home care for an elderly loved one, there are a few ways you and your family can prepare. Home care can be a life-changing service for many patients, and the difference that it makes can be immeasurable. Some families might find this overwhelming because they have become used to being the primary caregivers for their loved one.
As a provider of home care and a variety of other caregiver services, Haven Healthcare has a unique understanding of the kind of difference these services make. In this blog, we look at how you can prepare your family — and yourself — for receiving home care.
Recognizing Your Limitations as a Caregiver
In some cases, one of the biggest obstacles in getting home care can actually be family members. Many families will take on the responsibility of caring for older, disabled or even terminally ill relatives. They will take on an immense amount of pressure and responsibility, feeling it’s their duty to care for their parents or grandparents, often refusing help.
While it’s definitely important for family members to be involved, professional-level care of patients is incredibly hard. Family members will find themselves losing years of their own lives and taking risks for their own health in caring for older relatives. Finding professional help to provide home care is not a sign of weakness.
In fact, recognizing your own limitations and seeking help is an act of bravery in itself, and working with professionals means providing the absolute best care possible.
Preparing Your Home
When you begin the process of accepting home care, it’s important to get things ready to make the process smoother. There are a few things you can do to help. A walkthrough of the home with the new caregiver is a good way to get them used to where everything is, which could be vital in an emergency. A caregiver can help by giving you a safety assessment of the property, and examples of what you can do to help or improve the environment.
You should also get a list of current conditions, treatments, medications, and requirements for the person who will be under home care. If you’ve been the primary caregiver up to this point, discuss the kind of duties you’ve been undertaking and what the caregiver can do to help.
Communicating Honestly with Professional Caregivers
The most important factor is honesty. Both you and the relative or relatives receiving care — and any other family members, for that matter — need to be open with the in-home caregiver. Talk to them about what you’ve been doing and take the opportunity to talk to a professional about any difficulties you’ve had. You also shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions whenever you need to. Remember, home care is designed to make life easier for you and your family.
Find the Right Home Care for Your Family
For home care in the 417 area, contact Haven Healthcare today. We work with a number of skilled nursing facilities to provide the best care possible for those reaching the end of their life or living with a chronic condition. We provide compassionate, personalized and understanding care for every one of our patients.