Your home is the place where you get to establish all the rules. So, when your loved one needs extra support but does not like the idea of a stranger being in their home, the situation can get testy. There is a way to create balance. You can respect the home of your parent or another loved one while still getting them access to the critical care and support they need.
Leave Space for Conversation
Once the decision has been made that the aid of a home health professional is necessary, the matter should not be finalized without hearing everyone's concerns. If your loved one is able to contribute to the conversation, you should create an opportunity for him or her to express their grievances or concerns. Often the resistance of a caregiver is rooted in misinformation.
An open forum to discuss the topic affords you the opportunity to dispel these myths and provide greater comfort to your loved one. Once your loved one has all the facts, it is a lot harder for them to disagree based on inaccurate information.
Select the Home Health Professional
You should comprise and let your loved one be a part of the selection process. A common concern with older adults is that they do not like the idea of someone whom they do not know coming into their homes.
To help alleviate this concern, you can first let your loved one know that all of these professionals are trained and background screened. They can be confident they have a caring professional in their home. You can also allow your loved one to select which agent they want in their home. For example, if your loved one would prefer a female caregiver, you want to give them this choice.
Consult a Well-Informed Caregiver
The home health professional who will provide care to your loved one probably has a lot of experience. As a result, they have likely been in a scenario where the person they are caring for was not 100 percent sold on the idea of them being there. For this reason, it is best to let the caregiver know about the issues presented by your loved one.
This step is important because it helps the caregiver know what not to do. For example, if your loved one wants privacy, they will know to give them space.
Every situation is different. However, you can use this information as a guide that you can tailor to the specific needs of your loved one to ensure they are taken care of, but most importantly, happy.
For more information on home health services, contact a local health care provider.
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