Transitioning from independent living to accepting the assistance from others is a different experience for every individual. This concept is central to providing the foundations of holistic and person-centred care. The loss of independence can be an incredibly difficult prospect to face and the introduction of domestic care into the home can stir up mixed emotions in both home care clients, and their loved ones.
For some, they may have been struggling to maintain independence within their home for a while and often, it can be a huge relief to receive the support that is needed to remain in their own home. There are varying levels of home care, but often, the alternative may be to leave the family home which is rarely an attractive prospect for clients. For others, it may be more difficult to accept that they are becoming increasingly dependent upon third parties.
The Client Should Always Have Control
Part of the difficulties that many people face about this increasing dependence is the worry that they will lose a sense of autonomy over their own life. It is important that home care clients are aware that they will always remain in control of their daily lives and that they are encouraged to participate in their care planning so that it is truly person-centred.
The provision of care that is completely reflective of an individual’s needs becomes much easier to accept if it has been designed together. Ensuring that the wants of clients are met and that their abilities and boundaries are respected become integral to easing the transition and therefore facilitating both parties begin to build this new, important relationship.
The Necessity Of The Home Care Team
Importantly, recognising that the carers who will be visiting will become an integral part of the daily routine can be a huge step in the right direction. Establishing a healthy working relationship under such personal circumstances is something that home carers are extremely proficient at. It can, of course, take time to adjust, but embracing, instead of resisting this change will lead to both parties feeling more comfortable together a lot sooner. The ability to see a care giver more as a friend than a supervisor can mean that it is easier to begin the process of adjusting to needing home care services.
Patience is key when transitioning into a new phase of life. Entrenching a new routine into “normal” daily life will not happen overnight. It is important however to remember that this should be a far more empowering step than being faced with the decision to move into supported accommodation.
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