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5 Ways to Help a Loved One Prepare for Home Care Aides

Home Care for Seniors in West Palm Beach FL

Making a decision to hire home care aides to look after your elderly father is a great one to make. It might’ve taken some time to convince your father that this was the best thing for him, not just for keeping him safe, but actually providing the support he needed to pursue certain things that were still important to him.

Home Care for Seniors in West Palm Beach FL

Home Care for Seniors in West Palm Beach FL

Making this decision to hire a home care aide or series of caregivers is not often one taken lightly. There are numerous questions many family members have about it, including the cost, experience, and how to protect their loved one from being the victim of fraud or abuse.

The vast majority of home care aides, especially those who work for agencies all across the country, are kind, compassionate individuals who have a true passion for supporting seniors as they get older. Now that this decision has been made, below are five ways to help get ready for these home care aides.

1. Talk to them about fears and concerns.

Sit down and have an open and honest conversation with the senior about any fears or concerns he or she has about this new type of care and support they’ll be receiving. They may not have expressed these concerns previously, mostly out of the notion those concerns would be dismissed.

When you talk about those concerns openly and honestly, it will inspire them to keep all lines of communication open into the future.

2. Let it be their choice.

Every senior has the right to decide what happens to them. This includes having the right to decline any type of care or support. If a senior chooses not to rely on home care support, learning as much as possible about it and continuing to keep the conversation open, they may come around and realize all of the benefits it can offer.

3. Meet with the home care aide.

Have the senior meet with a home care aide before he or she begins working with them. This can give some idea about the person who will be coming to their home. This can create a more comfortable environment for everyone.

4. Talk about things the senior will be doing again.

With a quality, experienced home care aide, the senior may very well be able to pursue certain activities they had given up because of physical limitations. By discussing some of these things and helping the elderly person realize he or she might be able to do them again, that can provide anticipation rather than anxiety.

5. Listen to the senior.

Any questions, comments, or concerns the senior has about home care support should be addressed. Be certain to pay attention to what he or she has to say. Don’t dismiss anything and don’t pass it off as general anxiety or common concerns.

When the senior believes his family and other support systems are paying attention to what he says, it can create a much more comfortable environment for him in anticipation of the home care aides coming to the house.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in West Palm Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

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Jon Fedele

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Activa Home Health
Jon Fedele is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Activa Home Health. During the past 15 years he has owned and operated several successful healthcare companies in South Florida.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.

Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.

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