How to Prepare for Live-In Home Care

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Preparing Your Loved One and Their Home for Live-In Care

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A month ago, your elderly loved one fell at his or her home. Sadly, your senior relative sustained some minor injuries during the fall. After this incident, you realized your aged loved one can’t live alone anymore. To protect his or her safety, you’ve obtained the services of a live-in caregiver. If you can relate to this scenario, consider the following ways to successfully prepare for a live-in healthcare provider.

Assign the Caregiver a Designated Space

Your older loved one’s live-in caregiver in El Dorado County will need a space to rest, relax, and refresh. Before making the transition to live-in care, your family needs to designate a room in your senior relative’s house for the live-in caregiver to reside in. As much as possible, take your aged relative’s wishes into consideration. If practical, choose a space near your senior loved one’s bedroom. 

Remove Personal Effects from the Caregiver’s Room

To make both your aged loved one and his or her caregiver comfortable, you should remove all personal effects from the caregiver’s assigned room. For example, you might wish to remove:

  • Family photos
  • Jewelry
  • Legal documents 
  • Awards
  • Collectibles 
  • Clothing 

Establish House Rules

Before your senior relative’s caregiver moves into the home, house rules should be established. By putting these rules in place beforehand, you can likely decrease your aged loved one’s apprehension. For instance, you might want to create rules relating to:

  • Television viewing
  • Radio listening
  • Phone usage
  • Internet usage
  • Heating and air conditioning usage
  • Social engagements 

Make the Transition Gradual

It’s not surprising that most seniors have a hard time accepting live-in care and adapting to having a new person in the home both day and night. If your senior relative is anxious about this necessary change, you might want to make the transition a gradual one. For instance, you might wish to ask the caregiver to stay only a couple of nights each week for the first month. By making the transition a gradual one, you will give your older loved one time to become more comfortable with the idea of a live-in caregiver.

If your senior relative requires a live-in caregiver, you likely want to do everything in your power to make this important transition easier, starting with finding the right senior care agency in El Dorado County. Reach out to Home Care Assistance at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 and speak with a dedicated Care Manager today who can answer questions and schedule a free in-home consultation.