How to Build a Relationship with Your In-Home Caregiver

By Tom Lee, 4:56 pm on

Do you have a parent or grandparent receiving in home care? If so, they more than likely have a caregiver that you interact with frequently, and sometimes, it can be hard to connect with that person. That’s why we’ve come up with 3 solid steps to help you build a positive relationship with your caregiver!

Read on below to help you work towards connecting with your caregiver:

Make Sure They are the Right Fit

Making the right choice when choosing a caregiver for your senior’s in home care is the first and most important step towards having a good relationship. If you do not initially connect with the caregiver or feel they are a good fit for you and your family, it is best to tell the Care Manager.

Sometimes a simple miscommunication can be clarified around care receiving preferences. Other times, there’s a personality difference and the agency can work towards finding a better fit. You can help choose the right caregiver by sharing your senior’s likes and dislikes, and their medical background and history, as well as personal intersts, hobbies, and previous professions with the Care Manager. At Home Care Assistance, we use this information to make sure our caregivers will be the best fit for your loved one.

Start a Conversation

Communicating with your senior’s caregiver should be done early on in the relationship and often. Having clear and frequent communication with your caregiver not only helps to establish what is expected of them, but it also builds trust and avoids misunderstandings. When a caregiver knows what is expected of their in home care duties, they are more likely to have a positive experience working with your senior.

But, Be Respectful of Their Privacy

As you begin to bond with your caregiver, it may start to feel natural to be curious about their private life. However, it is wise to be respectful of their privacy so they can always feel comfortable around you. Not inquiring about their private life helps to establish professional boundaries, and it also helps them to respect your private life as well. Instead of asking about their personal life, try these topics of conversation that do not cross the line:

  • Why did the caregiver choose this profession?
  • Where is the caregiver from?
  • What are the caregiver’s hobbies?
  • What kind of food, books, or movies does the caregiver enjoy?

If your senior is in home care or you’re looking for in home care services, please call Home Care Assistance for your consultation today! Together we can create a customized care plan based off your senior’s needs and preferred lifestyle.

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