If you have a grandparent or parent receiving in home senior care, chances are you’re no stranger to their caregiver. You may even interact with them frequently! But sometimes it can be hard to establish a connection with that person. That’s why we’ve come up with 3 solid tips for you to help build a good relationship with your senior’s caregiver!
Read on below to help you work towards connecting with your caregiver:
Make Sure They are the Right Fit
Selecting the right caregiver for your senior’s in home care is first step – and the most important one. Having the right person around your family goes a long way in developing a positive relationship with them! If you feel you are not connecting with a caregiver, or don’t believe they are a good fit with your senior, it is best to choose another caregiver instead. One of the best ways to help you choose the right person is sharing your senior’s hobbies, medical background, and history with caregivers during the interview process.
Start a Conversation
We highly recommend communicating with your senior’s caregiver early on in the relationship – and often. Having concise and frequent communication with your caregiver will help establish what is expected of them AND build trust and avoid any potential misunderstandings. When a caregiver knows what is expected of them, they are more likely to have a positive experience working with your senior and family.
But, Be Respectful of Their Privacy
As your bond with your caregiver increase, it may feel natural to begin asking them personal questions. But we suggest being respectful of their privacy to help ensure their comfortability at all times with your family. This also works to establish and maintain professional boundaries, and they will respect your private life, too! Instead of asking about their personal life, try these topics of conversation that do not cross the line:What kind of food, books, or movies does the caregiver enjoy? Why did the caregiver choose this profession? Where is the caregiver from? What are the caregiver’s hobbies?
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