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    Communication is Key: 4 Things You Should be Telling Your Parent’s Caregiver

    Communication is key in any relationship, and crucial in the relationship between contract staff and the patient's loved ones. The relationship between an in-home caregiver and the patient's family isn't always peaceful, but the right communication strategies can go a long way toward improving patient care. As someone intimately involved in your loved one’s healthcare, there is important information your parent’s health care provider should have in order to give them the best care possible.

    Having this information will help the caregiver build a better connection and a deeper relationship with your parent, ultimately providing them better care and helping your parent to feel loved and cared for while you're not there. Although the nurse may be an expert in medical care, you are the expert who knows your parent best. You may feel some of the information is private to your family, but through sharing, you’ll enable your in-home caregiver to provide your parent with the best care possible.

    Abilities

    Although you may lean toward first sharing your parent’s disabilities or things they need the most help with, it’s necessary you share with the caregiver your parents’ abilities. What your parent can do for themselves, or a strength they must help your in-home caregiver helps your parent to feel in greater control of their own situation as the focus is less on what they can’t do and more on what they can do.

    In some instances, patients are unwilling to share what they can do as they would like more done for them. However, as you’ve likely discovered, the more your parent can do for themselves, the less deterioration they experience in their physical and emotional health.

    Preferences

    When your in-home caregiver understands your parent’s preferences for food, entertainment, and conversation, it helps them develop a stronger relationship with them. Your parent will also appreciate having their preferences honored as it helps them to feel cared for and loved.

    Skills

    Even parents suffering from mild to moderate dementia may have the ability to continue to use the skills they developed at a younger age. Whether those skills are gardening, crafting or animal care, if your parents can continue to use them, it helps slow their physical and mental decline as they age, and engages the caregiver in the life of your parent.

    Physical and Emotional Needs

    You may not think of your parent as having emotional needs, but each of us does. You’ll easily recognize their physical needs for nutrition, bathroom or household help, but may overlook their current emotional state as it is familiar to you. Remember your parent’s caregiver doesn’t have a long history with your mom or dad and likely will not be able to identify the things that trigger their anger, sadness or frustration. By sharing these details about your parent, you’ll save them the embarrassment of getting angry or easily frustrated.

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