Getting older is never easy. Yes, you gain wisdom with the years, but getting around is difficult and food simply doesn’t taste like it used to. In addition, friends and family may have passed on, so loneliness is a factor. Home care assistance can help ease some of these burdens for San Carlos seniors, but it’s important for caregivers to treat those in their care with dignity.
Home care tips for interacting with San Carlos seniorsHow can a caregiver best treat the seniors in his or her care? Even the seemingly small details can add up. Here’s some important tips:
- Arrive on time – As the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This is a good way to treat your San Carlos seniors as well. True, your senior receiving home care assistance may be a “captive audience” with time to wait around if you’re late to arrive, but this action can set a bad tone for your interaction with him or her and shows a lack of commitment on your part. It also says to your senior that you don’t respect him or her and don’t value his or her time.
- Be patient – Just because the San Carlos senior in your care takes more time to accomplish something, doesn’t mean that he or she lacks intelligence in any shape or form. Home care assistance should make your senior feel safe and secure. It should make life easier for seniors and give them freedom and confidence to live independently for as long as possible. You are an important part of that! And patience is a big gift to the seniors in your care. Yes, tasks like meal preparation or bathing and grooming may take longer to do, but your attitude and grace-filled interactions can brighten the day for someone struggling with discouragement and loneliness.
- Listen well – Part of your job in providing home care is to listen well. Seniors have a lot of life experiences and want to share those memories with others, but, sadly, few take the time to listen to their wisdom. Make it a priority to listen to the stories, joys and sorrows of the seniors you’re assisting. You may just be surprised by how rewarding it can be!
Anyway, hopefully these tips will help you as a caregiver provide better home care help to the San Carlos seniors you’re caring for. NuevaCare’s caregivers stand ready to help seniors with transportation or in providing companionship and someone to go to doctor’s appointments with.