Having a caregiver in your home isn’t the most comfortable situation in the world. It can be especially uncomfortable if you don’t know the person very well. Just like any working relationship, it takes time to get to know each other. It’s important to keep in mind that caregiver’s main objective is to help you continue living your day-to-day life. The best thing you can do to is make them as comfortable as possible. Here are a few steps to take when making your home ready for a caregiver.
- Be specific and detailed about your expectations
Start the process by making a list of expectations. If you’re particular about when you eat breakfast, explain that it’s important; your caregiver will not know otherwise. To avoid future conflict, be upfront and honest about what your priorities are. Be overly detailed about what assistance you do and do not need. If possible, put the expectations in a written format so that it’s easy for them to refer back to.
Caregiver.org suggests considering the following:
If there are other tasks you want your caregiver to start doing, be sure to make sure it’s okay with them. It’s a simple way to show your caregiver that you don’t plan on walking all over them and adding more and more to their plate each week.
- Get your home prepared beforehand
Imagine showing up to work only to see that all of the phones and computers are broken. You probably wouldn’t know what to do. Take time to make sure their work environment is in good condition. If possible, prepare a room for them to put their belongings. If the caregiver is staying overnight, make sure they know where towels are and which bathroom to use. The last thing they want is to feel like they’re overstepping boundaries.
It’s likely that the caregiver will be doing laundry and dishes. It’s also likely that they wouldn’t know how to fix appliances themselves. Make sure to schedule any home repairs for broken appliances, like your washer, dryer, or dishwasher before your caregiver begins working in your home.
- Show appreciation and give feedback
If your caregiver is doing a good job, let them know they’re doing a good job. They have most likely had bad experiences with other clients—simply showing them that you appreciate what they’re doing will be a breath of fresh air.
Saying “thank you” goes a long way. If your caregiver went out of their way when they didn’t have to, let them know that it’s appreciated. If there’s something you want them to do differently, give them feedback in a calm and understanding manner. Simple communication can go a long way.
About the author: Emma Cook is a recent graduate and freelance writer working hard to build her portfolio. Whether it’s aging, home life, or mental health, her goal is to empower others to live their fullest life—and her strategy is writing.
Last updated on April 19th, 2019 at 08:58 am