Home care is just as difficult for patients as it is for carers, although this is something that many people forget to realise. Our experts at The Great Care Company share their top three tips on how to make home care easier for patients:
1. Explain Why Home Care Is Necessary
For people who need home care services, introducing someone new into their life who starts to help with some of their essential daily needs can be both confusing and stressful; occasionally patients can be unwilling at first to accept that they need help in this fashion.
As such, it is vital that you explain to the patient why they need home care. This should be done in a calming manner, and the overall tone should be of the patient getting additional help, rather than the patient being unable to be independent.
By phrasing things in a positive light, the patient is much more likely to be receptive to the idea.
2. Stick To Their Normal Routine
Many patients have an established routine, whether that be particular meal times or certain days of the week where they do housework. Most patients find comfort in these routines, and changes to them can cause unnecessary upset.
Any home care provider should first investigate the patient’s routines and create a schedule that incorporates this as much as possible. If any changes need to be made, then these should be first discussed with the patient in advance to give them time to process the information.
3. Take An Interest In Their Life
As a home care provider, regardless of whether that is night care, live in care or any other form of home care services, you are going to have a big impact on your patient’s life. As such, it is vital that you always adopt a warm and friendly manner, and treat the patient as a friend.
One of the best ways to do this is to take an interest in their life, both their daily activities and their past. This will allow the patient to bond with you emotionally, and make the experience more enjoyable for all parties.