Hiring a home care aide is a wonderful decision for any family or senior to make. Sometimes, though, it feels like it’s the responsibility of an adult child, spouse, sibling, or someone else who happens to live in the area, or at least close enough to the senior, to stop by every once in a while.
There are plenty of home care options available, and choosing the right one is important.
The most common type of support an elderly person may need in order to remain at home, be comfortable, and safe is an aide. A home care aide can provide a wide range of support services for elderly and disabled clients. They can help with basic, light housekeeping, preparing meals, going to the store to do some shopping, getting outdoors to a park or to visit friends, and more, getting dressed, bathing, toileting, and much more.
When a home care aide is hired, that’s not the end of the story.
Even if the family of this elderly or disabled individual doesn’t live close by and can’t stop over, even once a week or once a month, that doesn’t mean they aren’t instrumental in the care process. Home care aides can still gain a tremendous benefit by having the support of other family members of this senior or disabled adult.
It helps them through frustration.
Home care aides are people. They will deal with their own frustration. There are going to be times when the aid is trying to encourage their clients to do certain activities or get exercise, as their doctor directed, but they are met with belligerence and even hostility.
Sometimes, in these types of situations, family can help encourage the senior to listen to what is expected of them to get healthy and strong, and that can provide a tremendous support to these home care aides.
Home care aides can learn a lot about their clients from family members.
If a home care aide arrives at the house and has no idea what interests the client, what activities they would love to pursue, or anything else about them, and if that client is tight-lipped and doesn’t open up well to conversation, how are they going to learn? Family often know their loved ones best, and while that may not always be the case, keeping lines of communication open with these new caregivers, or home care aides, can provide them the chance to learn what they need to be of optimal support.