Arranging home health care services for a loved one provides helpful family support and additional care for an aging or ill family member. However, each patient is unique, and the better prepared the home health worker is to assist the patient, the better the outcomes for everyone. The following tips can help to prepare home care providers to assist an elderly relative.
Make introductions in advance.
Before a home health care Toronto comes to the patient’s home to provide services, a comfortable and friendly introduction ahead of time can benefit both patient and caregiver. The health care provider can stop by the house to meet the patient informally, exchanging casual greetings as a basis on which to build a friendship. This will ease tensions before home caregiving services begin.
Write a list of special conditions.
A written list of helpful notes about the patient’s special needs will be appreciated by the home health care Toronto provider, even if the agency was informed previously. Posting the list near the patient or in a prominent area of the home, for example, the refrigerator, serves as a simple reminder of important points to be considered, such as a medication schedule, code words to help an Alzheimer’s patient remember helpful facts, and favorite foods or topics of conversation.
Inform health care agency of patient’s preferences.
Every patient has preferences that a health care agency should note. One example is nap time. If a patient is used to an afternoon nap at 2 p.m., the home health caregiver may be able to schedule home visits before or after that time. Some patients want to do as much for themselves as possible, while others prefer extra assistance. This can be noted with the agency in advance to better prepare the home health caregiver to work successfully with the patient.
Explain family members’ availability.
While this information is usually noted in the agency’s file on the patient, schedules sometimes change, for example, when a mom attends children’s afterschool games during soccer season. Family members who alert the agency or home care providers to upcoming schedule changes as well as doctor appointments for the patient will be appreciated by the agency, as opposed to those who forget to inform the staff until the last minute, or not at all, leading to confusion and misunderstandings.
Families can help to establish bonds of cooperation with a home health care agency and staff that will make their jobs easier as well as make home health care a comfortable process for their loved one. Planning ahead, putting information in writing, and highlighting patient preferences can make home health care even more successful than it might otherwise be.