From the caregiver to the professional caregiver; making a smooth transition?
A precious help
More and more families are hiring professional caregivers to take personal care of their elderly relatives for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, too many families are waiting for the family caregiver's alarm before proceeding.
The caregiver can come from family or friends. More and more family members or family members have come to play the indispensable role of caregivers responsible for a whole range of care, which can be both very rewarding and very demanding.
Also, it is essential that the caregiver be able to recognize the moment when he will need help and start a process of finding information on available home care services. In short, finding this precious senior care help that he will need much soon.
The caregiver, a spontaneous and reassuring emotional bond
The caregiver is often on the front line to palliate the first deficiencies or failures of the elderly person. He has known the person for a long time, he has also developed a great affection if not strong feelings for the elderly person. These bonds are both strong and reassuring for the elderly person who will not be ashamed or embarrassed to ask him/her for help, which is a good thing.
Over time, the caregiver will become the person on whom the elderly can count, an indispensable help but also a moral pillar. Strong interdependence and good complicity will take hold. The caregiver also often becomes the new legs, arms, eyes and ears of the person being helped.
The caregiver thus acquires a status based on solidarity, love and mutual trust, which could become very rewarding.
Avoiding the role change shock for the caregiver
Thus, it is not always clear that the professional caregiver can find his place in this very tight woven duo. The strong complicity between the caregiver and the elderly can be an obstacle, often unconsciously.
Paradoxically, the caregiver may feel that the professional caregiver takes away his central role rather than helping him, even if it is he or the family that has called upon his services. The caregiver may be afraid of losing the role that allowed him to express the best in him.
Also, in order to avoid shock, the professional caregiver must seek help from the family or the caregiver himself to jointly determine the workload (home health care, specialized care, etc.) of which he wants to be relieved from or that he needs to maintain the quality of life of the elderly person.
Surprisingly, even if the professional caregiver is there to care for the elderly person, the caregiver may also need help to make a smooth transition. The family and the professional caregiver can help in this transition.
Letting go... to better accompany and better care
The second challenge is to defuse the feeling of competition between the caregiver and the professional caregiver for the benefit of the elderly who will have a natural tendency to prefer his caregiver.
No one is better placed than the caregiver himself to explain it but to get his full cooperation in this task, it implies a “let go” on the part of the caregiver.
The family, with the agreement of the caregiver, has made the choice to involve a home care professional rather than placing their beloved in a retirement home or a care facility.
And now, the caregiver with the help of the family has to explain this choice to the elderly person; the choice to bring another person into his world.
The caregiver must explain to the senior that he needs help in order to maintain the quality of life of the elderly and especially to provide quality senior care.
The caregiver must explain to the elderly that it is he who has sounded the alarm to the fact that he could no longer take on his own the home care necessary for his quality of life, that he is the one who went looking for the professional caregiver.
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