A lot goes in to providing care for an aging adult. Depending on the physical and cognitive needs your aging loved one, the care that a home care services companion provide for her can be quite extensive. Home care services companions can help seniors fulfill their Activities of Daily Living in a variety of ways including keeping the house tidy, doing laundry, doing dishes, running errands and helping seniors manage physical limitations and cognitive challenges. Regardless of how involved this care companion is with your aging loved one’s care, it is important that you remember that you are still the person most invested in your aging loved one’s health and well-being. As the primary family caregiver for your aging loved one, it is your responsibility to monitor the performance and services of the in home care provider so you can be sure she is giving your senior the level of care and assistance and deserves.
One of the most meaningful ways that you can remain actively involved in your loved one’s care is by creating and maintaining open communication with his home care provider. Even if you are not present in the home every day, or able interact with the rest of the care team is much as you would like, you can’s will make yourself known and ensure that you are protecting your loved one’s best interests simply by making yourself available for communication with the in home care provider. You can find that communicating with this care provider is not only comforting and reassuring to you, but to the care provider as well. She wants to make sure that she is doing everything she can to help your aging loved one, and staying in close communication with you will give her confident that she is doing what she needs to do.
There are various ways that you can create and maintain open communication with an in home care provider. Simply providing your contact information including your phone number and email address will allow her to contact you as needed, but may limit the amount of communication that you actually receive. In addition to providing your contact information, consider setting up a regular meeting regarding your loved one’s care. This can be an informal sit-down over a cup of coffee before the caregiver’s shift or even a video chat over the computer. Taking time out once a week to talk about the care your loved one is receiving will give you the opportunity to ask questions and make observations, and get the caregiver the chance to fill you in on any developments of your loved one so you are both benefiting from each other’s cooperation.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of home care services in Garden Oaks, TX contact the caregivers at At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week
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