The first day of anything can be tough. We all get a little nervous walking into the first day of a new job, trying a new physical therapist, moving into a new home, the first day of a new school, or even the first day on a new diet. Transitions and adjustments are difficult to most, and we all like to know what’s in store on that “first day,” wherever it may be.

You might be anxiously wondering what it will be like to have a Caregiver in your home or your parent’s home for the first time. You and your family might have chatted about what the first day might hold – how to help your parent with this transition – what questions to ask, how to break the ice and make everyone at ease! We’d like to walk you through the first day of having a Caregiver in your home when you choose At Home Quality Care.

  1. Prepare your Family

    • Before the Caregiver enters your home, set expectations and make a list of questions you can ask to ensure a smooth introduction. Maybe you have family traditions you would like to make the Caregiver aware of or certain times of day that you like to do certain activities. Be sure to make your expectations clear – the Caregiver is there to help!
  2. Greet the Caregiver & Care Coordinator at your home

    • We like to send a familiar face to your home, and since you have already had interactions with the Care Coordinator, he or she will introduce your new Caregiver. The Coordinator is there to help the transition along, and answer and questions or logistical discrepancies that might arise.
  3. The Grand Tour

    • To break the ice, you might want to take everyone on a small tour of the home, and orient the Caregiver to important places, like the bathroom and kitchen, as well as their living area. Share about your home, point out pictures and decorations that mean the most to you – begin to engage them in your life.
  4. Communication is Key

    • If you set a tone of respectful and constant communication with your new Caregiver, this can help alleviate many future challenges that might come up. This new care provider will be living in your home, so expect to build a relationship, and also set boundaries and expectations together, as you would with anyone living in your home.
  5. We are here to give your loved one the best care possible.

    • If at any point you need additional support or have any questions, our staff is available to help your journey be more comfortable. We’ll be following up with all parties to ensure that everything is going well, and provide you with the care you need.
Sources:
https://homecareassistance.com/blog/first-day-new-caregiver
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/what-happens-on-first-day-of-home-care-154304.htm
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