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Preparing Aging Parent for Live-In Care

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 9:00 am on

Adjusting to a full-time live-in caregiver can be unsettling for seniors and their families. Although the transition often seems complex, rest assured that there are many compassionate and competent caregivers in the industry. There are also various ways to ease the realities of the new living setup.

Involve Your Loved One in the Decision-Making Process

Hiring a caregiver is a process with several steps, from an in-home consultation to meeting with potential caregivers. Make your loved one as much a part of the screening and interviewing process as possible. Listen to their feedback, and also ask about their ideas regarding privacy and comfort levels in the new situation.

Build a Personal Relationship with the Caregiver

Encourage your loved one to share meals with the live-in caregiver and take the opportunity to learn about the caregiver’s life outside of work. Sharing a meal routine can be comforting and lead to a feeling of companionship, more so than eating at separate times and keeping a more sterile employee and employer dynamic.

Encourage Your Loved One to Maintain Social Connections

A live-in caregiver should be available to transport your loved one to not only medical appointments, but also social gatherings. Make it a point to ask the caregiver to help your loved one maintain relationships with friends and family members by scheduling regular visits. The live-in caregiver can also help your loved one connect through Skype or FaceTime.

Be Realistic

Your senior loved one will likely be reluctant to accept live-in help. Remind him or that in-home care in Santa Rosa means around the clock attentiveness and access to help. Emphasize that this new schedule is meant to make daily living easier, not stifle or take away from them. 

Finding the right home care provider will go a long way to helping your loved one feel more comfortable with the idea of having a live-in caregiver in Santa Rosa. At Home Care Assistance, we understand the frustration seniors face and work with the senior, his or her family, physicians, and anyone else involved with their care to ensure a smooth, comfortable transition to live-in care. For more information, give us a call at (707) 843.4368 and speak with a dedicated Care Manager today.