By AmeriCare, October 14, 2011
The relationship between client and caregiver is unlike any other. It is more intimate than that of patient and nurse, because it is more personal. A caregiver works within a client’s home, helping him or her when they are at their weakest, their most vulnerable. Here, there is no room for judgment, only compassion, respect, and a willingness to do whatever is required to help a client feel comfortable and independent will do. To make them feel at home.
Compatibility between a client and his or her caregiver is critical. And, like any relationship, it is in many ways instinctual. The qualities that engender trust, and establish report, vary between individuals. What one considers an appropriate level of attention and care, another may consider overbearing and invasive. Someone may want their caregiver to be predicable and serious, while someone else may want them to be spontaneous and silly, to shine joy and laughter on an otherwise challenging situation.
Matching a client with the perfect caregiver may be the most important part of a Home Care provider’s job. So, it is essential that your provider take great measures to ensure a compatible match.
Here are some things to consider when selecting a caregiver:
Credentials: First and foremost, a caregiver must be qualified. They must have the basic skills and a trusted background. Make sure your provider conducts background checks and only employs certified professionals.
Flexibility: A caregiver should cater to the client’s schedule and have the flexibility to come on short notice, and stay late, if needed. Make sure your provider has contingency plans for occasions when scheduling conflicts arise. A provider should always be able to accommodate a client in need, regardless of the circumstances.
Selection: You should be provided with options and the opportunity to interview a prospective caregivers, in person, before making a final decision.
Right Of Refusal: A chemistry check does not always accurately predict an actual working relationship. You should be able to ask for a different caregiver at any time, for any reason, and have your request honored promptly.
At AmeriCare, we go the extra mile to make sure each client is matched with the perfect caregiver for his or her particular needs and personality type. We pride ourselves on having one of the most stringent screening processes, and widest selection of qualified and compassionate caregivers, in the industry. The results can be seen in our long lasting client relationships and the special bonds that our caregivers form with their clients.
Please Contact Us if you are interested in learning more about our Home Care services. We’ll be delighted to present you with a selection of qualified caregivers in order to determine the most compatible match.