The 4 Most Important Caregiving Questions, Answered

    Anytime someone new comes into the home it may spark questions. This is especially true when you have a new caregiver in the home. Your caregiver will be spending quality time with your loved one and may be helping them through some physical rehabilitation. There may be questions you'll want to have answered.

    Will My Caregiver Respect My Privacy?

    Yes! Your loved one has an expectation of privacy while receiving the care necessary to allow them to stay home. The caregiver in your home will work within your loved one’s daily routine, which helps them to feel more in control. However, if specific tasks need to be accomplished before leaving, such as helping with a shower, another routine may need to be established. Your caregiver will not go snooping through drawers, closets or looking under beds. If they believe your loved one hasn’t been taking their medication, they’ll ask before going through the medicine cabinet.

    If your loved one has allergies, please let your caregiver know. For instance, if your caregiver has a cat but your parents are allergic, this can be disruptive to your parent’s daily routine and healthcare. Although your loved one and the caregiver may become close over time, caregivers know how to continue to respect your home and your loved one.

    Do Caregivers Help With Some Housekeeping?

    Yes! Your caregiver will help with light housekeeping and personal care duties. For instance, your loved one may have help with a shower or bath, have a light meal prepared and the carpets vacuumed. Housekeeping helps keep your loved one’s environment clean and safe from obstacles on the floor or countertops. Other services that can be included are doing short errands, cleaning the dishes, changing the linens, doing the laundry and taking your loved one to appointments.

    What if I Don’t Get Along with My New Caregiver?

    After providing help in the home, one of the important duties of your loved one’s caregiver is providing companionship, which brings up the question - what if you or your loved one doesn’t get along with the new caregiver? This is really two questions. If you don’t get along with your parent’s caregiver but your parent does and you aren’t spending time in the home, then you may not want to make any changes to the situation.

    However, if your parent is not happy with the caregiver, it is important to identify the reasons why. It may be that the caregiver gives a shower in a way that makes your parent uncomfortable, or they don’t like how the meals are prepared. These are functions that can be changed. However, if your parent and the caregiver just don’t get along, then it’s time to talk with your home care agency to arrange for a new assignment.

    Mom Doesn’t Want In-Home Care. Can the Caregiver Help With That?

    One of the hardest conversations you've probably had with your parents is about accepting help at home. The people who once met all your needs are suddenly unable to meet their own. This is not an uncommon challenge. Our caregivers understand your parent’s viewpoint and will help to work within the boundaries your parents set. They can talk with them about their objections in order to establish a routine that incorporates your parents' wants and needs without going over a line set by their client.

    Are You Ready for Help?

    At Harmony, we provide you with expert caregivers who are adept at answering your loved one’s questions and providing the care needed so they can stay at home. Call us today! We will help you to care for your parents with support and resources to make their life easier.










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