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Home Care 101: What to Expect When Getting Started

Oct 28, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek

There are many seniors today who rely on in home care in order to stay in their own homes. However, if you are responsible for coordinating home care for a loved one, it can be overwhelming at times and a difficult transition to make for any family member. Providing care for a senior can be a very overwhelming responsibility for any family. If you are just getting started with providing home care for the first time, here are a few things to expect from your first experience as a care provider.

  • It will take time for everyone involved to get used to the new situation.
  • Seniors who are starting in home care, may not understand why they are in this situation.
  • Many seniors are hesitant or even angry about needing care.
  • Seniors may be angry or upset with little things involving home care such as not being in control or having someone in their home.
  • Seniors who have to move in with a family member or loved one may need their own designated space or items from their own home in order to feel comfortable.
  • Home caregivers need to make sure that they are taking care of themselves, as this process can be very taxing and time consuming for many adult caregivers.
  • One of the first and most important things to do when a senior transitions to in home care, is to get them on a set schedule, it will only help them feel more comfortable, especially if the senior has dementia.
  • All caregivers should be on the lookout for potential tripping hazards in the home as falls are the number one reason seniors receiving in home care end up in the hospital.

Home care can be a rather complicated experience for many families. Keep some of these tips in mind when you are first getting started as they can help prepare you for the transition into home care.

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