Caregiver for my mom
You may be wondering for a while now when you are going to have that talk with your parents. Not the typical ‘talk’ that most kids have with their parents but the other talk in regards to their health. You may have noticed that your mom hasn’t been doing so well and that of late, she hasn’t been as independent as she always has been. Or you may have gone to your mum’s house, and you find out that it is not as clean as it usually is. There may even be some hazardous items that may be just lying there on the ground.
The whole thing may be tough on your mom, and you may not even know about it. No one wants to give up their independence, and most importantly, you wouldn’t want to be the catalyst for the entire thing. If you are scared of talking to your mom or your parents about the issue, below are some tips that you can make use of which can help you out.
Teach them about trust
Even though it may not be easy, teach your parents or mom that she raised you always to make the wise choices like putting others first. Assure her that you are only trying to do what’s right for her. You know your mom better, try talking her through the entire thing and before you leave, make her understand how important this is going to be for her.
Give her choices
For some people, they tend to feel a lot of better if they still have that feeling that they are in control. If it is possible to do so, let your mom decide the times as well as the days in which she wants to receive home-care assistance. Also, make her know the aide and tasks that you will perform or by the caregiver who is going to come along. You could directly go ahead and ask her the best time in which the caregiver can come by and help her out and get to see what she is going to tell you.
Move in very slowly
Moving slowly is very important mainly because your mom may not be ready for the significant change that is about to take place. Hiring a life caregiver that is always going to take care of your mom is a big step which is why it may be a good idea to offer that you can still start slowly with as little as either one or two small tasks done for her in a week by the caregiver.
Make sure that the caregiver can turn the tables
When you hire an in-home caregiver for your mom, they can increase the independence of your mom by giving her more time to do what it is that she enjoys doing. You should also keep in mind that it is going to be much easier for them if they are in the comfort of their home compared to if they were in a facility that provides assisted-living services.
Always be understanding and patient
These may probably be the most difficult for you especially when you put into consideration that your mom doesn’t want this kind of care in the first place. Once you have made the final decision in regards to what you want for your mom, it may be very frustrating for you especially when they start throwing in roadblocks which may make it difficult for you to help them. However, the more kind and patient you will be able to be, the more your mom or both your parents will begin to see that you are doing the best for them.
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Common mistakes you should avoid when hiring a caregiver for your mom
There are times you may realize that you cannot do it all on your own which is why you may be thinking about hiring someone else to help you out. You may also find it difficult to take care of your mom and to work on your tasks, family and even trying to split your duties between each member of the family. With all this in mind, the only appropriate thing that you may leave with is to hire a professional caregiver. Who will be able to take good care of your mom? However, there are some common mistakes about this that you should always avoid.
Not correctly vetting the caregiver or the agency itself
This entire process can be stressful especially if it is a friend who has recommended the caregiver to you. However, you should always keep in mind that just because it worked out well with someone you know, things may end up turning out to be different for you. Also, because this is your mom, you need to be sure that you are going to be leaving them in good hands.
Focusing on one given factor and forgetting the others
For example, your primary concern may be on how much you are going to pay for the caregiver services that you are going to hire for your mom. Or you may even be stressing about how your mom is going to handle the new caregiver.
You need to look past the financial part of the whole process also if it is still an essential factor. Some of the things to look at are the skills the caregiver has, their personality, their availability and how good they are in regards to how well they can make your mom feel comfortable and relaxed.
Making sure that you are not keeping other people in the loop
If you are hiring a caregiver for your mom and you have siblings, it would be a good idea to let them know about it. Even if your siblings may not be supportive regarding help or finances, make sure that they still help you out. The can also sit with you throughout the entire interview process and help you make an excellent choice for your mom.
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