Have you ever met someone and just “clicked?”
And while we’ve all faced that moment of recognition with friends and even romantic relationships throughout our lives, as we move into caregiving roles that chemistry becomes even more important.
Imagine someone coming in every day and helping you with the most personal routines – bathing, preparing your meals, helping you in and out of bed, transporting you to appointments – and not having chemistry in place. What if they rub you the wrong way? What if you simply didn’t get along?
Being with the right caregiver is important to the success and the health of the patient. The right caregiver can dramatically lift a person’s spirits and improve their quality of life. Even the simplest of joys can give a person a reason to want to live better.
But how do you find that caregiver? How do you ensure a good match?
That’s what separates in-home caregivers. That’s what divides average caregiving companies from the great.
It goes beyond the standard background checks and drug tests. Getting the right caregiver in place goes deeper.
It starts with personalized assessments. A great caregiving company understands your needs and recognizes the abilities of all caregivers they have available for placement. They understand the personal side of this relationship, and look for someone that has the necessary skills to take care of the patient, while having similar personalities to blend well as they move throughout the day. It’s important to understand personality and likes.
The relationship that develops should be professional, yet relaxed.
A caregiving company should never send a caregiver without assessment taking place. They should never send the first available caregiver without making sure it’s a good match. It’s personal. And it requires looking at both sides. If they are living with Parkinsnon’s, for instance, do they have a working knowledge of the daily requirements of someone living with the disease? Can they empathize with conditions beyond the patients control?
And don’t forget to talk about backups. For long term situations, there will always come a day when regular caregivers aren’ available. Who will a company fill a caregiver’s shoes?
While it may be tough to know what questions to ask at your initial meeting, always remember one thing: it comes down to relationships.
If you feel that chemistry during the initial assessment, you’re more likely to develop a better relationship with the company over the long term. And a better relationship with the company means a better relationship between caregiver and patient.
Simple groundwork. Better results.