Making the adjustment to suddenly rely on a total stranger coming into the house to provide support is not always easy. This is how a lot of seniors and their family view the topic of home care options. They see it as a complete stranger about to step in and come to that senior’s house day after day, every other day, or even a couple of times a week to assist them with various things.
These preconceived notions can impact these services.
Having preconceived notions and ideas about what home care aides do, what kind of people they are, or how an elderly person will respond to them can lead many to discount this as a real possibility. In truth, it is one option anyone can consider, especially if they want to remain in the comfort of their home even as they struggle with their own basic care.
There are effective ways to adjust to life with a home care aide.
One of the most effective is to make sure the senior is okay with this idea. It’s easy for family to worry about an aging parent or grandparent, see the difficulties they face daily, and even understand the safety issues that exist all around them and want to force them to rely on a home care aide, but that elderly person should be the ultimate decision-maker in this process.
While it may take some convincing, once that senior has agreed to rely on home care support, he or she will most likely be more open to this stranger (who is only going to be a stranger the first time) coming into their home.
Another thing that can help is to have a strong support system on hand the first day.
Whether it’s an adult child, spouse, or even a friend sitting there with this elderly client when the home care aide shows up for the first time, it can provide some comfort to the senior. When he or she has somebody they trust with them, sitting with them, welcoming this home care aide, and even possibly speaking on their behalf if they are too nervous to do so for themselves, it can provide some comfort.
It may also be beneficial to start slow.
If family is helping, relying on part-time help through an agency could help segue into more full-time care through that agency. For example, an agency may be able to offer a home care aide for just two hours once a week to start. That can allow the senior some time to adjust to this new situation and that can reduce stress tremendously.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in South Fort Myers, FL, please contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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