As a home care provider, we cannot over-emphasize the importance of clarifying your home care preferences. When making the care plan for your loved one, you should clearly express your preferences and expectations about services or those of your loved one.
Without clear preferences and expectations, your caregiver may do things according to her previous experience. But that may not be what you need exactly.
Misunderstandings and even conflicts may arise because of a lack of direction for your caregiver. For example, if you would like your caregiver to tidy up the kitchen, you want to let her know your expectation. For example, where should things be stored? How clean should the kitchen be? Remember, we all have our own definition of tidiness.
By clarifying your preferences and expectations, you’ve laid down a great foundation. This is critical to building a great relationship with your caregiver. A good caregiver who works well with your loved one is not easy to come by. If you would like, please read our post on how to build a great relationship with an in-home caregiver.