Building connections takes time. That's why it's important to ensure that you give your loved one some time to adjust to a new caregiver. Statistics show that 33% of non-institutionalized individuals over 65 have limited activity levels resulting from chronic health issues. This means that your loved one will need a caregiver they can trust and one who fully understands their needs. Here's how you can help your loved one adjust to a new caregiver service.
Discuss the Transition With Your Loved One Beforehand
Before you start making efforts to help your loved one get accustomed to a new caregiver, you need to take some time to talk to them about it. Let them know that there is an incoming transition and walk them through why this is happening as well. If they know about this transition ahead of time, it will help them adjust and get time to process what is about to happen. If possible, you can discuss the change in the presence of the old caregiver.
Overlap Caregiver Services
When introducing a new caregiver service, it can be tricky to just jump into it. Your loved one will need time to adjust. To help them get used to the change, you can overlap caregiver services. This means bringing in the new caregiver gradually at first. They might just come for a few hours or even in the presence of the old caregiver. That way, your loved one will easily get accustomed to them without feeling pressured or trapped. Also, having the new caregiver in the presence of the old caregiver will give your loved one a sense of security.
Meet With The New Caregiver First
A lot of caregiver services hold consultation meetings with the family that is intending to hire them before they start providing their services. Use this time to find out if your loved one is interested in the new caregiver and to also find out if the new caregiver has the necessary qualifications to provide the best care to your loved one.
As you are trying to make your loved one get used to a new caregiver, you must also take time to observe if the new caregiver understands your loved one's health care needs and what is expected of them. This can also act like a probationary period where you see if the caregiver is up to the task. Call us today to learn more about how to help your loved one during this transition.