Duties to Expect from an In Home Care Provider
When you or your loved one are provided with in home care, it is of utmost concern to address, map out and verify what duties the caregiver will be responsible for versus those which will need to be handled by another person (such as the family or the patient themselves).
These guidelines are best to be established at the beginning when the caregiver first decides to take on the responsibility of looking after you or your loved one. While certain duties will be optional, some specific needs must be tended to in order to preserve the health and well-being of the care receiver.
Some of the tasks that will need to be performed are going to be very practical in nature. These may seem to be those which go without saying or some of which will be difficult to pre-plan, but they are worth mentioning. It is through such actions that the care receiver feels “cared for” as a general human being. The most subtle gestures are sometimes those which have the most positive impact.
Practical concerns entail self-care assistance which can be hygiene, hair care, dressing, restroom use, bed positioning, and any basic helpful thing the in home care provider can do. Practical care can be as simple as tasks like bringing things to the care receiver when he or she has difficulty reaching it for some reason. Perhaps just making conversation and lending a listening ear can make a huge difference in the well-being of the care recipient.
Household Tasks Assistance
Beyond basic personal care, the well-being of the person receiving care will be greatly improved if their home is being maintained with regular attention to household tasks. In many cases, the person who is disabled, ill, vulnerable or infirm may be incapable of fully managing such responsibilities. An in home care provider can be of great help in this capacity by doing some or all of the shopping, housekeeping, meal preparation and meal planning.
Transportation is also something that may require assistance. Those whose condition calls for in home care may also have trouble getting around to run errands and to meet other obligations outside the home.
Establishing an In Home Care Schedule
In addition to determining which tasks are desired and necessitated by the individual requesting a caregiver, it is also vital to create a schedule for the care and a backup plan in the event the primary in home care provider becomes unavailable to arrive on time or at all to tend to their care duties.
The schedule should include the hours that the caregiver will be present and what tasks are expected on what days. While these agreements may not be followed completely literally, having precise guidelines set forth allows the care recipient and his or her family to know generally what is going to be cared for. It also instills a certain sense of accountability on the part of the caregiver.