You are making a very important decision when you have a stranger enter your home to care for a loved-ones, particularly a client who might not be verbal or active, or bedridden. You need to observe your loved-ones carefully for any signs of distress or fear.
For example: You must feel confident that the caregiver’s priority is caring for the patient, and not talking on the telephone or doing something disrespectful such as smoking if you don’t allow that, prepare or cooking the right meal specially if the client is allergic or suffer from diabetic, cleanliness of the client and the client’ environment, cleanliness of the caregiver personal hygiene. Respecting of your household rules. Showing up on time and be reliable. Approach techniques taking by the caregiver if the clients becomes uncooperative.
Caregiver must have the right set skills to take care the patient’s needs. (i.e.) Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia •Arthritis •Diabetes •Stroke •Hypertension. Hospice Care Parkinsons- Als- Disabled and daily Basic ADLs consist of care tasks that include, but are not limited to:
- Bathing and showering.
- Personal hygiene and grooming (including brushing/combing/styling hair)
- Toilet hygiene and so on
Engaging style a caregiver must follow is to always approach the clients by saying their first’ s name first, always stated what they are doing or will be doing for the patient. Allowing the patients to be a part of their care is giving them a chance of dignity and not a feeling of powerless over their own self.
If at any given moments you have any doubts about the caregiver, you should listen to your own feelings. It is much better to continue the search than to accept someone who is not a good match for your family.