How to Help Your Seniors Transition Through a Change in Home Care Providers

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How to Help Your Seniors Transition Through a Change in Home Care Providers



Home Care in Schaumburg, IL 

Home Care in Schaumburg, IL Hiring a home care provider for your elderly parents is a wonderful way to ease your mind and give you confidence that your aging loved ones are safe, healthy, and living the active, engaged lifestyle they deserve, particularly if you live at a distance or do not have the time or physical capability to handle their care and assistance needs on your own. Their in home health care services provider becomes an important feature in their lives, offering physical assistance, companionship, and emotional support as they age in place.

Depending on the extent of their needs and the length of their home care journey, however, it is possible that your parents will not have just one care provider. Their initial care provider may decide to change jobs or move, or your parents' needs may exceed the level or amount of care this provider can offer. When it comes time to change care providers, your parents may face emotional turmoil and challenges that make it more difficult for them to get the same benefits from the care relationship. Helping your parents transition smoothly will ease these negative emotional reactions and help your seniors settle into their new care relationship so they do not suffer a diminished quality of life.

If you are planning on changing your aging parents' care provider, use these tips to make the transition less stressful for everyone involved:

• Start talking early. While you may not be able to prepare for sudden changes, if possible, start preparing for the transition as early as possible. As soon as you know that your parents will be getting a new home care provider, start talking them through the transition. Explain the change to them and why it is happening. Let their original care provider help them understand what is happening and reassure them that the next care provider will do just as good as job as she did.

• Let them help. Let your elderly parents be a part of the hiring process for the new care provider. Even if they can only make recommendations for the type of person they would like or specifications such as being willing to do certain activities or that she likes to cook, letting them feel like they are a part of the process gives them more of a sense of control and makes them more open to the new provider.

• Overlap the care. Take your time introducing the new care provider and let the relationships overlap for a few days, if possible. Bring the new care provider in for a few hours at a time so she can meet your loved ones, get to know the routine, and start getting comfortable in the home. Having the original care provider in the home at the same time gives your parents a greater sense of security and lets the new provider learn from watching the already-established relationship.

• Expect resistance. No matter how much preparation you put into the transition, expect some resistance and difficulty. Recognize that your parents were comfortable with their original care provider and that they are dealing with the emotions of missing this relationship, feeling nervous about meeting someone new, and trying to get used to slightly different routines. Be patient with them, but encourage them to be open and do their best to settle in so they can get the most benefit from the care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Schaumburg, IL, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Schaumburg at 630-237-4460.

Shelley Fisher
Shelley Fisher

Paul earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and his Masters degree in Business from New Hampshire College. His work history is anchored in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, excelling in various roles of sales and marketing for companies such as Nestle, Frito-Lay, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Most recently, Paul served as Vice President of Business Development for a Chicago-based business of forty wellness centers, treating over fifty thousand patients annually.

Shelley earned her Bachelor's degree from James Madison University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College.  She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Social Work at George Williams College of Aurora University and, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), brings comprehensive knowledge and experience from the social service community to the business.  Throughout her 20-year career, Shelley has worked extensively with the judicial system, child protective services, hospitals, schools, and senior care facilities.

Most importantly, Paul and Shelley Fisher, married for 25 years, are the proud parents of two busy teen-agers and the fortunate adult children of energetic, aging parents.  Both are actively involved in the community and couldn't imagine living or raising their children anywhere but the Chicagoland area.

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