Many of us have a loved one who needs assistance with daily living as she ages. If our loved one has a choice, she would likely have a family member to take care of her instead of a non-family caregiver. In that sense, your caregiver is an extension of your family. Therefore, a good long-lasting relationship with your caregiver is tremendously beneficial to you and your loved one.
This is very different from other services we receive. When we go to a restaurant and get bad services, we are not happy of course, but that is temporary, and you can switch easily to a different restaurant next time. Caregiving is unique in that a good caregiver is not easy to come by, especially one who is skilled, understanding, and works well with your loved one.
So it is recommended that you give your caregiver a chance to build such a good relationship. To reach this goal, you may consider the following:
Remember, doing these things are for the benefit of your loved one. In some cases, if your caregiver behaves inappropriately despite what you have done as specified above and what your home care provider has done to correct your caregiver, it may be time to ask for a different caregiver. Whenever needed, it is our honor to provide support to help you with the process. See what we offer and reach out to us here.