Private home care services offer assistance with more than just required needs; they are an extension of the family and home. The best caregiver(s) you can provide your mother or father are those who understand their needs and provide compassionate support. While no caretaker is perfect, those who are truly dedicated get very close. A good care provider will engage with both you and your parent to provide the most needed and useful services for your loved one’s individual needs.
Caring for the elderly is stressful. Historically, families cared for their elders, but societal changes have put too much pressure and anxiety on adult children and grandchildren. However, for professionals to provide the excellence families expect it is necessary that caregivers engage with the family to understand expectations and develop an open dialog that helps everyone adapt as circumstances change. Those who provide private home care services may stress that caregivers should not get attached to their client (your parent) or you (the family), but a truly compassionate provider will always relate to families in their care, and when changes in health or loss develop the caregiver needs support and acknowledgment as well.
Private home care services professionals will often encourage family members to engage with the care process. Although they know their primary concern is your parent, they also recognize that you too may need their support. They are trained to help ease your anxiety and grief through verbal as well as silent communication. Watching your parent grow older can be difficult. We expect the aging process, yet we are unprepared for how it will affect us. Sometimes what we expect is not what we planned. Having a care expert there to provide a listening ear and experienced advice can greatly improve the experience.