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. Most would agree that 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 can you best help your parent with this transition? What questions should you ask? How can you 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 to answer a few of these pressing questions.

  1. Prepare your Family

    • Before the Caregiver even enters your home, set clear expectations for your family. You can also 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. Are there certain times of day that you like to do specific activities? Above all, be sure to make your expectations clear – the Caregiver is there to help, so why not explain exactly how they can best use their time?
  2. Greet the Caregiver & Care Coordinator at your home

    • We like to send a familiar face to your home on the first day. 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 any 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. This can help to orient the Caregiver to important places, like the bathroom and kitchen, as well as their living area. Additionally, you can share about the history of your home. Maybe point out pictures and decorations that mean the most to you. Essentially, this process helps in beginning to engage the Caregiver in your life.
  4. Communication is Key

    • From the start, 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 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. Later on, 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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