Your loved one already knows you as their caregiver, family member and friend. They are comfortable with you and you are familiar with their needs, preferences and routine. There may come a time when you will need to introduce another caregiver to your loved one and sometimes, that can seem intimidating or bring on feelings of anxiety. If you need to bring another caregiver on board to assist, there are ways to ease the transition so that your loved one will be comfortable with the change in routine.
Help With the Transition
The best way to make the transition of having another caregiver in your loved one’s life is to do so gradually. Here are some other ways to ease introduction of new faces:
- Introduce the new caregiver as a friend first and have him/her visit with your loved one throughout the day.
- Invite the new caregiver to assist you with chores around the house.Encourage conversation between the new caregiver and your loved one.
- Help the new caregiver and your loved one find something they share in common. Make your loved one’s preferences clear to the new caregiver.
- Introduce the new caregiver on a trial run basis so that if there are issues, your loved one has time to make suggestions or changes.
What Can The New Caregiver Do?
Preparing your loved one for a new face is not the only way you can ease the transition of an additional caregiver being present. There are ways your new caregiver can help your loved one as well.
- Start slow: The new caregiver should become a part of your loved one’s routine gradually. Start by helping with grocery shopping, check in with your loved one on the same day a couple times a week and encourage bonding by going on walks or playing a board game together.
- Observe: Let the new caregiver observe you in your role as a caregiver so that they are familiar with your interactions and daily routine that you and your loved one maintain.
- Prepare: Give your partner the tools they need like contact information, access to your loved one’s doctor, insurance and other emergency personnel information. Make sure they know how to use any assistance tools inside the home such as alarm systems, safety locks and electric wheelchairs.
If you are in need of assistance in your caregiving journey, there are ways that the healthcare team and professionals at Freudenthal Home Health can help. From lawn care to medication management to skilled nursing and therapy, we are your partner in home health care, so give us a call today.