Is a senior you love receiving in home care services? If so, we’re betting that they have a caregiver that you interact with frequently! Sometimes, caregivers can be hard to connect with. That’s why we’ve come up with a few ways to share with you how to build a positive relationship with your senior’s caregiver!
Take a look at our tips below and begin to connect with them:
Make Sure They are the Right Fit
Making sure you have chosen the right caregiver to provide your senior’s in home care services is the first step – and the most important – in establishing a good relationship! If you feel that a caregiver is not a good fit with your family, or you don’t connect with them, it is best to choose another caregiver and move on. You can help find the best caregiver possible by sharing your senior’s likes and dislikes, and their medical background and history.
Start a Conversation
Try communicating early on in the relationship with your caregiver, and talk with them frequently. Clear and concise communication will help build trust and avoid misunderstandings, as well as establish professional boundaries and set expectations for them. If a caregiver knows what is expected from their duties, they will be much more likely to have a positive experience working with your family.
But, Be Respectful of Their Privacy
As you begin to build a relationship with your caregiver, it may feel natural to want to ask them questions about their personal life. However, it is important to be respectful of their privacy so they can maintain comfortability with your family. Respecting their privacy creates professional boundaries and it helps them to respect yours in return. Rather than asking personal questions, try some of these topics instead to help you get to know your caregiver better:
- Where is the caregiver from?
- What are the caregiver’s hobbies?
- Why did the caregiver choose this profession?
- What kind of food, books, or movies does the caregiver enjoy?
Are you thinking about enrolling your senior in in home care services? We would love to talk with you! Call Home Care Assistance today for a consultation to develop your senior’s customized care plan.