Strengthening the relationship between a home care aide and the patient
As a caregiver you often complete your daily responsibilities from your own perspective, accidentally ignoring the point of view of the patient. It is important early in your relationship that you look at your responsibilities from the perspective of the care receiver. Often they have spent a great deal of their adult life making decisions and taking care of their own needs. Now they have come to a point in their life where they must accept the reality that they can’t do everything for themselves and they need assistance. This transition from independence to dependence has both psychological and emotional implications and is a pivotal point in an individual’s life. So, compassion and thoughtfulness are key to an easier transition.
You need to be sensitive to this change and frame your assistance to help the individual adapt and accept these changes in their life and their new role in life. Part of this new role for the care receiver is adjusting to a partnership with the caregiver and the give and take compromises that it requires. After being independent for so long and having the ability to make decisions unilaterally, it is often difficult to surrender this control.
To help ease the transition to this new partnership, having an open discussion is very beneficial. Because of this, the caregiver and care receiver should regularly sit down and talk about and make decisions together. In that way, both parties feel they are involved in the solutions and plans that are made. They also get to share in each other’s perspective and hopefully build a more stable relationship between themselves.
-By Hello! Home Care contributing writer Bill Mishico
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