You have recently hired an in-home care provider to provide respite care for you, the primary family caregiver. Both you and your parent are feeling a little anxious about the process. Knowing that they have cared for countless seniors facing similar circumstances as your parent’s should help instill a sense of confidence. Implementing these few protocols will also help you and your parent feel assured as you and they get to know their new in-home care provider.
Create a checklist that the in-home care provider can fill out so that you can get an idea of the everyday activities they and your parent share and those that they accomplish on their own. Include sections such as the everyday tasks of living: bathing, dressing, meal preparation and light housekeeping. Another section can relate to providing transportation and running errands. Yet another can include social outings and time spent engaging with others such as trips to the local senior community center. Be sure to include an exercise section so that you are aware of what physical activities your parent is involved in on a daily basis and a nutrition column where the care provider can fill in your parent’s daily diet.
If you know your loved one has special interests such as wandering through the local museum or a favorite café down the street, make a list that your care provider can access when considering shared activities. Providing companionship is an important part of the care that they offer. Make a weekly grocery list with special items that the care provider may not be aware of and that your parent may forget. Add any specialty items from other locations that your parent may be in need of. Let them know your parent’s favorite games, crosswords, puzzles and other activities they can do together that keep your loved one’s brain active and the synapses firing.
As a family caregiver, you may have already put a list together of all the medications, over-the-counter remedies and supplements that your parent is currently taking. Be sure to share this with your in-home care provider. They are happy to remind your parent when it’s time to take their medication which is an important part of their service.
In case of an emergency, make a list of the appropriate phone numbers and addresses available for the care provider. Include any health issues such as allergies that they should be aware of.
Before you know it, your parent will be asking when their in-home care provider is scheduled to come over and if they can increase the time the two spend together. What began as a tentative relation often blossoms into a strong companionship with the care provider becoming one of your parent’s fondest allies.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Coal Creek, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.