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Best Practices for Introducing Your Parents to a New Caregiver

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Today is the day you’ll be introducing your parents to a new caregiver! If your family is similar to many, you may be experiencing a range of emotions: relief, anxiety, and uncertainty, to name a few. These feelings are far from abnormal. They’re actually very common. However, just a little advance preparation and planning for this important milestone can help ensure a smooth and comfortable transition for all.

Remember that a caregiver from Home Sweet Home In-Home Care will be expertly trained and have a wealth of experience in older adult care in the home. Their one and only goal is to enhance life for the individuals they serve. They do not expect or need to be entertained, something which is surprisingly often a worry for care recipients.

How to Make Introducing Your Parents to a New Caregiver a Breeze

There are things you can do to make a caregiver feel welcomed in a senior loved one’s home and start the relationship off on the right foot. For example:

  • Offer the caregiver a tour around the home, and make sure to mention any important items such as the closet with cleaning supplies, medicine cabinet, emergency contact information, etc.
  • Go into detail about the best ways to care for your loved one. If they like their sandwiches lightly toasted, always watch a certain game show at 10 am, and enjoy a walk to visit with neighbors after breakfast, let the caregiver know.
  • Don’t underestimate how important your feedback is – both positive and negative. Connect with our office and let us know about anything the caregiver is doing particularly well, or anything you’d like to see done differently. We’re happy when you are happy! We work tirelessly to make sure each person’s needs are fully met, and that includes incorporating changes when needed.

About Our Caregivers

We care about your peace of mind, and that’s why we want you to feel like the older adult you love is in the best hands possible with us. Each of our caregivers has been extensively interviewed, background checked, and trained. They are also carefully matched to each person in their care according to likes, dislikes, personality type, and much more. Each member of our team is someone we would thoroughly trust providing care for our own senior loved ones. And if for any reason, at any time, you would like to request a new caregiver, we will honor that request; no questions asked.

Reach Out for More Information

Although introducing your parents to a new caregiver can be a challenge, rest assured that your loved one’s caregiver will be providing enhanced opportunities for socialization, safety, and enjoyment in life, providing you with much-needed peace of mind. For additional details on our in-home care services in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, St. Joseph, and the surrounding areas, email or call us any time at (866) 229-2505.

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