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3 Things Experienced Home Care Aides Would Love Their Clients’ Families to Know

Home Care for Seniors in Dover NH

When an experienced home care aide begins working with an elderly client, that client’s family members probably have no prior experience with it. They don’t know the first thing about what to expect. They don’t understand the process. They may have a certain expectation about how things should go, and they may try to impose their own will on that home care aide, often without realizing the impact it can have on the entire relationship.

Far too often family members who want the best for their loved ones overstep their boundaries. It can cause tension in the relationship and actually reduce the quality of care their elderly loved one receives.

Home Care for Seniors in Dover NH

Home Care for Seniors in Dover NH

Sometimes it’s a good idea to step back from the situation and learn to trust a person who has a great deal of experience doing this kind of work to begin with.

Here are three things some experienced home care aides might actually prefer their elderly clients’ families to know.

1. Experience matters.

When hiring a home care aide, family members can choose to hire an independent caregiver or somebody through an agency. While it’s always best to choose a home care agency because they carefully interview, vet, and even train their caregivers, experience is essential.

The more experience a caregiver has, the more prepared they’ll be to handle any situation. They’ll also be in a better position to offer the kind of encouragement, emotional, and physical support the senior may require.

2. Staying positive is tough, but essential.

When a family caregiver has a lot going on in their personal life, between their interpersonal relationships and work, it can be difficult to stay positive in every situation. Experienced caregivers understand stress and how it can impact life in general.

However, they also understand the vitality and necessity of being positive.

3. They’re not being lazy when they rest.

If a home care aide is working full time with an elderly client, and a family member stops by for an unannounced and unexpected visit, they might see that home care aide sitting on the couch watching TV, reading a book, or talking on the phone. That can certainly cause a bit of anger and frustration, but the home care aide is not being lazy. He or she is resting.

They’re probably doing a lot of physical work during the day to support their elderly client, and just as with any type of job that is physically demanding, rest every so often is important.

If you or someone you know needs home care for seniors in Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at 603-343-4434 for more information.

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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!

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