Addressing care concerns of both the senior and the family
by David Hachmeister, Owner, Care & Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans
Matching the right care provider with the right client is a very delicate task. All personalities — not just of the client and the caregiver, but also those of the client’s family — must mesh. To create a variation of the famous Abraham Lincoln quote, you can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not please all of the people all of the time. However, this is what we endeavor to do. Sometimes a client’s wants and needs may clash with what the family wants for them. But pleasing all family members all of the time is our affirmed — even if impossible — goal.
Typical concerns on the part of client’s family
When it comes to the care of seniors, there can be many worries and concerns — perhaps more on the part of the client’s family than by the actual client. For instance, the family might be worried about a loved one falling. This is the single greatest concern we hear and is especially true for middle-of-the-night bathroom needs. Frequently, the client is aware of the danger, but unwilling to deal with the extent of the risk and likelihood of serious injury from a fall.
Another prevalent concern of the client’s family is in regards to the client’s diet. Often, seniors eat too little, and when they do eat, they don’t eat as nutritiously as they should. They fall back on their comfort foods, which might be fired chicken or Oreos. Helpful encouragement from a caregiver can build a better diet and successfully address this concern.
Addressing all care concerns is important to us
At Care and Comfort at Home for Seniors and Veterans, we are very aware of these and many other concerns that family members might have. Even as we share in the burden to alleviate these concerns, we realize that there are still more issues to address before we place a caregiver in a home.
For example, we must find caregivers who have proximity to the client. If they are coming a great distance, even if everything else seems to be fine, the chances for continuing success are limited.
Caregivers must also have the necessary skills and the right schedule to meet the needs of the client. Much thought goes into each placement, as many issues must be considered.
We also realize that we must continuously look for ways to “do it better.” Any thoughts or suggestions? To share those ideas with us, or to contact us for a free consultation for the best placement possible, please click HERE to contact us today!