Relationships are the cornerstone in social life. They are also essential for successful businesses, marriages, friendships, and many other aspects in life. When a person is looking at hiring home care support services, especially through an agency, there will likely come a point when the senior or disabled adult establishes a positive relationship with that aide, visiting nurse, physical therapist, or other dedicated professional.
It may also be important to establish relationships among family members.
Family is often one of the most effective support mechanisms for people of all ages, from all walks of life, who may be struggling with their own basic care. While family may not have the time or energy to devote to this loved one, at least not as often as they need, home care support can fill in the gap or even lay the foundation for a higher quality of life in the future.
But, if those family members don’t know anything about home care options, how can they build a strong relationship with home care aides and other support personnel?
Why this is important.
When people hire home care aides, they often do so because they understand the needs of their loved one. They may not be able or willing to provide the needed support directly, so they look to other options. As more people prefer to remain within the comfort of their home, often referred to as ‘aging in place,’ they come to the realization that home care aides are an invaluable asset, especially when they have a tremendous amount of experience and the support of an entire agency behind them.
Over time, the elderly client and caregiver will naturally begin to develop some level of relationship. This is not, in any way, meant to indicate a strong emotional bond will develop, but when working with a person day after day, week after week, month after month, a relationship is a positive asset.
At the same time, that caregiver is going to lean on family for some information, advice, guidance, and more. That’s why a relationship between at least one close family member is going to be instrumental as well.
Keep the lines of communication open.
Communication is the cornerstone of any good relationship. When a home care aide has questions, concerns, or needs somebody to be aware of what’s going on with an elderly client, if they have no one to talk to, that is extremely limiting. Simply by keeping the lines of communication open, it will help that home care aide or other provider build a good relationship with the client’s family and other support system.
If you or a family member are in need of home care for a senior in Coconut Creek, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.
She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.
Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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